I didn't realize I had an injury until several months after the work injury occurred. Is it too late for me to report the Iowa work injury and file a claim?

According to Iowa Workers' Compensation laws, there are two requirements in regards to deadlines:

1)You must report the Iowa work injury within ninety days of the date of its occurrence; and 2) you must file the claim within two years of the date of the Iowa work injury (or three years if you receive weekly workers' compensation benefits). In order to pursue a successful Iowa workers' compensation claim, you are required to meet these two deadlines.

There are certain situations where the 90-day deadline and the two year deadline can be extended. This would include if you do not recognize the nature, seriousness, and probable compensable character of the work injury, it may be possible to extend these deadlines. For example, if you have some aches and pains that you don't report because you think they will go away. Then if the aches and pains continue after several months, it still may be possible to pursue a viable claim. The argument is that you didn't think the aches and pains were serious until they continued for several months. There is always risk when waiting to report or file an Iowa workers' compensation claim, so for this reason you should take action promptly.

It is essential to talk with an experienced Iowa Workers' Comp lawyer because of the complex issues related to deadlines. Several offer free initial consultations such as what is offered by Pothitakis Law Firm.