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Burlington Workers Comp Lawyer
The effects of a work-injury or illness can be a challenge to deal with. When you’re ready to obtain the workers compensation benefits you need to continue supporting yourself and your family while you’re out of work, get help from an experienced workers comp lawyer in Burlington.
Having to take time off of work when you’ve suffered a work-related illness or injury can have devastating consequences on your family. Household expenses still need to be paid, not to mention the mountain of medical bills you’re likely accruing. With no way to earn a living while you’re healing, the impact of being unable to work can often be significant.
At Pothitakis Law Firm, PC we understand that you’ll need a way to support your standard of living while out of work. We will work rigorously to help you get approved for workers compensation benefits that can help replace a portion of your lost income so that your family doesn’t end up in financial ruin. We are also prepared to fight denied claims so that you can start collecting workers comp benefits as soon as possible.
Qualifying for Workers Compensation Benefits
Many workers are under the impression that to be eligible for workers comp benefits they must have been working with their employer for a minimum amount of time or put in full-time hours each week.
This misconception often means that many otherwise-eligible workers don’t even bother to apply for the benefits they’re entitled to. The length of time you’ve been working and your weekly hours are irrelevant to your workers comp approval.
All that matters is that your injuries occurred while you were working. However, if you were working off the clock or in violation of your company’s code of conduct, you should expect some pushback from your employer and their workers comp insurance provider.
Nearly every employer in Iowa is required to provide this protection to their employees, with the exception of agricultural laborers, police officers, and firefighters.
What Your Benefits Include
Once your claim for benefits has been approved, you’re probably wondering what these benefits will include.
There are a few different types of benefits you’ll receive, such as full coverage of your necessary medical expenses, vocational training and/or education opportunities if you won’t be able to return to your position at work, death benefits for family members who lost a loved one due to a work-related condition, and disability benefits.
Weekly disability benefits amount to 80 percent of your spendable weekly earnings if your injury or illness is classified as being a temporary total disability and 66 ⅔ percent if your condition is classified as a temporary partial disability. Workers who are permanently disabled and unable to work can receive 80 percent of their after-tax earnings for the remainder of their disability.
The Workers Compensation Appeals Process
For workers comp claims that have been denied, you have the opportunity to appeal. In most cases, your workers compensation attorney can work with your insurance adjuster to address any concerns they have about your claim, which might include a lack of medical documentation or errors in the filing of your paperwork.
Should the insurance company continue to deny your claim, you can file a contested case petition with the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commission, which will jump-start your appeal.
Typically, most workers comp appeals are resolved at this level, although there are cases where appeals can go all the way to the Iowa Court of Appeals, where your claim can be heard by an administrative law judge.
Take Advantage of Your Free Consultation with a Workers Comp Lawyer
If you find yourself facing a denied workers comp claim and you’re ready to fight for the benefits you deserve, reach out to a skilled Burlington workers comp lawyer at Pothitakis Law Firm, PC. You can schedule your free consultation today by calling our office directly at 1-866-PLF-IOWA (753-4692) or by completing the convenient contact form we’ve provided below.