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Dubuque Workers Comp Lawyer
Are you suffering from a work-related illness or injury? Do you need help obtaining the workers compensation benefits you deserve? If so, get in touch with a qualified Dubuque workers comp attorney as soon as possible so that your family doesn’t end up in financial straits.
The effects of an injury or illness you sustained due to your work environment can have a significant impact on your life. Not only will your household bills still need to be paid while you’re out of work, but you’ll also be steadily accruing medical expenses that can put you in serious debt.
Though things may seem overwhelming now, you do have options. You should be entitled to workers compensation benefits when your condition was caused by the requirements of your position at work. This can ensure that you can continue to support your standard of living for the duration of your recovery. The highly trained attorneys at Pothitakis Law Firm, PC will do their utmost to get your claim approved.
Getting Approved for Workers Compensation Benefits
Nearly every employer in the state of Iowa is required by law to provide their employees with workers compensation coverage on their insurance policies, with the exception of agricultural laborers, firefighters, and police officers. To get your claim approved, we will need to demonstrate that your injury or illness was directly caused by your work obligations.
You might be wondering if you’ll qualify for benefits if you’ve only been working with your employer for a couple of months, or if you only work part-time. From the first day of your employment, no matter how many hours you work each week, you should be covered and eligible for workers compensation benefits.
After your claim has been approved, you will begin collecting your benefits shortly thereafter. Workers compensation benefits include disability benefits not to exceed 80 percent of your weekly spendable income, death benefits where applicable, coverage of your medical expenses, and job training or educational opportunities in cases where your injuries prevent you from returning to your pre-injury position.
Appealing a Denied Claim
Claim denials happen with alarming frequency. Some of the most commonly seen reasons for these denied claims include issues in your paperwork, missed deadlines, the insurer believing you to be exaggerating or downplaying the extent of your condition, and a lack of medical documentation, to name a few. If your claim is denied, it should explicitly state the reasons for your denial.
At this point, if you haven’t already secured a Dubuque workers comp attorney, it would be well-advised for you to do so now. Your lawyer will be able to negotiate with the insurance company in an attempt to resolve any issues with your claim that have prevented it from being approved.
If the insurance company makes the decision to uphold your denial, we will move forward with a contested case petition that will be filed with the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commission.
Get Help from a Dubuque Workers Compensation Attorney
For assistance in fighting a denied claim, or if you have questions regarding your claim that haven’t been answered above, reach out to an experienced Dubuque workers comp lawyer at Pothitakis Law Firm, PC.
Our firm is pleased to offer our potential clients a complimentary consultation. Take advantage of this opportunity today by giving our office a call at 1-866-PLF-IOWA (753-4692) or by filling out the convenient contact form we’ve provided below.