When workers compensation benefits seem more like a dream than a reality after you’ve been injured, contact an Iowa work injury attorney.
Being injured at work can be disastrous. Not only do you have to deal with the consequences of a serious injury, but you also have to worry about how you’ll continue to support yourself and your family while you’re unable to work.
The truth is that you shouldn’t be burdened by the costs of your injury. As an Iowa worker, you have a right to workers compensation benefits. Working with an Iowa work injury lawyer at Pothitakis Law Firm, PC can help you make sure you get the benefits you’re entitled to.
Types of Iowa Work Injuries
You could suffer any of countless types of injuries while working, depending on what your work environment is like. Probably the most dangerous industry to work in is the construction industry. There are substantial safety hazards to be cautious of from the moment you walk onto the construction site. Some common Iowa work injuries associated with the construction industry include the following:
Severe burns from explosions and fires
Traumatic brain injuries
These injuries can occur in any number of industries, but they’re particularly common for construction workers. Other potential injuries you could be at risk for in many industries include spinal cord injuries, chronic back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, lacerations, bone breaks, post-traumatic stress disorder, and numerous other conditions and ailments that could impact your ability to work.
Under Iowa law, nearly all employees of any company should be covered under their employers’ workers compensation insurance policies. Workers comp insurance is designed to protect employees who are injured while performing the duties of their job.
Keep in mind that you will not qualify for workers compensation coverage if you were engaging in an illegal activity or in violation of company policy when your injury occurred.
Iowa work comp benefits will cover any hospital or medical bills you incur as a direct result of your injuries, as well as a portion—usually up to 80 percent—of your lost income while you are in recovery. This amount will depend on the severity of your injury and what effects the injuries have had on your life and ability to work.
The length of time you are able to collect benefits can vary. Generally, you are able to collect until you are able to return to work. However, if you are able to return to work with the same company but must perform a lesser position temporarily until you are medically able to continue with your previous position, your benefits may continue but be reduced accordingly.
When a Personal Injury Claim Makes Sense
Under specific circumstances, you may be able to file a personal injury claim that could yield more benefits that you’ll receive from workers compensation insurance.
The most important element in qualifying for personal injury compensation is fault. Your workers compensation benefits will be paid to you regardless of whose fault the accident was, but in a personal injury lawsuit, we are seeking compensation from the person responsible for causing your injuries.
Once we establish blame, we will then begin calculating the value of your claim. We place a numerical value on your injuries and their impact on your life. We do this by adding the income you aren’t able to collect, your loss of future earnings, and any non-economic damages.
Non-economic damages are those that don’t have a clear monetary value, and must be determined solely based on how great their influence on your life has been.
These damages can include your pain and suffering, loss of companionship and love, emotional distress, disfigurement, or even your loss of enjoyment of life. In addition, we may be able to obtain punitive damages as a punishment for the gross negligence and egregious behavior of the defendant.
Contact an Iowa Work Injury Attorney
Facing a devastating work injury is a serious challenge. Your inability to work can have a tremendous impact on your quality of life and make it much more difficult to maintain the lifestyle you and your family are accustomed to. Workers comp is supposed to help, but getting these benefits can pose yet another challenge.
If this situation seems all too familiar, reach out to an Iowa work injury lawyer with Pothitakis Law Firm, PC. We are passionate about helping work injury victims like you begin to rebuild their lives. Give us a call today at 1-888-329-0243 or fill out our contact form below to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.