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Can My Employer Make Me Use Sick Days After a Work Injury in Iowa?
When you’re injured at work, your recovery should be covered by your workers comp benefits. In fact, you might have just gotten your benefits approved, and now you’re ready to focus on resting up and recovering.
That’s when you hear that your employer wants you to use your sick days while you’re out with an injury.
That act leaves many injured workers asking, “Can my employer make me use sick days after a work injury in Iowa?” Continue reading for the answers you need and then reach out for individual help from a lawyer at the Pothitakis Law Firm, PC.
Sick Time vs. Workers Compensation
Typically, your sick days or family medical leave days should not be affected by your work accident. Your sick days are personal time for your recovery, meant to hold your job for you while you recover. Your workers comp should provide the same protection for your job, while also providing additional benefits such as wage replacement.
Because of this difference, it’s not required that you use sick days after your work injury. However, that doesn’t mean your employer can’t use these days. What they can’t do, though, is use your sick days in place of paying for your workers comp benefits. Although they may not be breaking laws by using your sick days, they have a duty to provide your coverage.
Protecting Your Workers Comp Coverage
If you’re concerned about your employer’s actions, you may have a chance to act on your case. Although it can be tough to get those sick days back, that might not be the only problem. This could be a sign that your employer is trying to treat you differently because of your injury. If they’re willing to use up your sick days, they may be willing to take other actions against you.
If you’re concerned about your boss’s actions, your Iowa workers comp lawyer can help. They can review the details of your case and help you spot any issues with the handling of your claim. If they do see anything wrong, you may be able to dispute your case and get the full benefits you need.
Contact a Lawyer About Using Sick Days After an Injury
As an Iowa worker, you value your time off, and sometimes, personal issues happen. Having the chance to take a few days while recovering from a cold should be an option. Instead, you discovered that your employer has used your sick days while you’re out with a work injury.
Although it can be tough to fight for those sick days, it could mean that your employer is not treating your workers comp case with the care it needs. Instead of accepting the loss of sick days, make sure your workers comp claim is safe by calling a lawyer from the Pothitakis Law Firm, PC.
If you’re worried about your employer acting appropriately about your sick days, a lawyer can help. Get started with a free consultation in which we’ll discuss your options before you agree to work with us. To begin, call 319-754-6400 or complete the online form below.