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Des Moines Work Injury Lawyer
If you were recently injured in a work accident and aren’t sure what your next steps should be, reach out to an experienced work injury lawyer in Des Moines as soon as possible so that you can secure the funds you need to continue supporting yourself and your family.
A work injury typically means that you’ll need to take some time off to focus on your recovery. Unfortunately, you’ll still need to pay your household expenses and will more than likely be accruing a mountain of medical bills that will need to be taken care of as well.
To ensure that your life doesn’t end up in financial ruin, you may be able to pursue workers compensation benefits or a personal injury claim against whoever is liable for your losses. The skilled attorneys at Pothitakis Law Firm, PC are prepared to help you obtain the funds you’re entitled to.
We will thoroughly investigate the cause of your accident to determine whether or not you’re eligible for workers comp benefits in Iowa and see if you can get approved for workers comp benefits through your employer’s insurance company. We will stop at nothing to help your family move forward from here.
Obtaining the Workers Comp You Deserve
Almost every company is required under Iowa law to provide their employees with workers compensation coverage through their insurance company. Firefighters, police officers, and agricultural laborers are exempt from this coverage, as they can obtain work injury benefits in other ways.
When your injuries are work-related, you should be entitled to workers compensation benefits. However, if you were under the influence of drugs or alcohol, in violation of your company’s code of ethics, or committing a crime at the time of your injury, you should expect your claim to be denied.
If your claim is approved, you can expect to begin collecting workers comp benefits shortly. These benefits include job training and education if you can’t return to your position at work, death benefits for family members who lost a loved one due to a work injury, coverage of your necessary medical expenses, and disability benefits.
Your disability benefits will include up to 80 percent of your weekly spendable income that you can use to replace a portion of your lost wages while you’re unable to work. You can typically collect workers comp benefits until either you reach the maximum weeks allowable based on the type of injury you endured, or until you are able to return to work.
When You Should Pursue a Personal Injury Claim
Though you may be eligible for workers compensation benefits, oftentimes this isn’t enough to keep your family afloat. You may be able to file a personal injury claim against whomever is responsible for causing your accident and subsequent injuries if we are able to establish liability on the fault of another.
This will allow you to recover both economic and non-economic damages, which include the following, among other damages:
- Your remaining lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of household services
- Damage to your potential future earnings
- Emotional distress
- The loss of enjoyment of life
- Property damages
- The loss of consortium
You’ll need to speak with your work injury lawyer to determine if you are able to pursue a civil lawsuit based on the circumstances of your work injury.
Get Help from a Des Moines Work Injury Attorney
When you’re ready to get the compensation you need while you’re unable to work, speak with a knowledgeable Des Moines workers comp lawyer at Pothitakis Law Firm, PC. We will work diligently to obtain your workers comp benefits and compensation from your civil lawsuit so that your family is able to make it through this trying time in your life.
You can schedule your free claim assessment today by completing the quick contact form below or by calling our office at 1-866-PLF-IOWA (753-4692).