Under Iowa Workers' Compensation Law, what benefits are provided to employees?

In Iowa, Workers' Comp benefits include medical benefits and disability benefits. Medical benefits include payment for all reasonable and necessary medical treatment for the work injury including transportation costs to and from medical appointments. Mileage is reimbursed at a rate set by the state of Iowa which is currently 56.5 cents per mile. If an employee has to leave work for medical treatment, he or she may be eligible for lost wages benefits. (It is important to note that while a contested case proceeding or a dispute regarding reasonableness of a fee is pending, the medical care provider cannot seek payment for its services from the employee.)

Disability benefits may also be awarded to employees who cannot work due to their work injury. The weekly amount of the disability benefit is determined by the employee's average gross weekly earnings, the number of exemptions, and the marital status. Total weekly benefits for any worker is not to exceed 80% of the worker's weekly “spendable earnings” which is that amount remaining after payroll deductions of taxes.