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September 22, 2020

How Does FMLA Affect Workers Comp Benefits in Iowa?

Iowa has two primary workers’ rights policies that protect injured employees. Workers compensation insurance is a narrower policy, providing lost wages and medical coverage for workers injured on the job. The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) gives employees twelve weeks of unpaid leave for serious health conditions and injuries. The FMLA also allows unpaid leave for sick family members.

If you suffer an injury while working, you may wonder whether your time off work will count as FMLA leave. Speaking to an Iowa workers compensation lawyer from Pothitakis Law Firm, PC can help. Your lawyer can help you go after the workers comp benefits you deserve and determine how FMLA will affect your workers comp benefits.

FMLA and Workers Comp in Iowa

Iowa’s FMLA policy states that employees on leave for work-related injuries must also use their FMLA leave. If you’re receiving workers comp benefits and your injury requires you to miss twelve weeks of leave, you’ll get reimbursed for your medical expenses and a portion of your wages. Under the FMLA, your job will be protected for those twelve weeks.

Once the twelve weeks are up, your employer has no obligation to protect your job if you can no longer return to work; however, you may still receive workers comp benefits. There are various types of disability benefits that may apply to your situation. 

How to File an Iowa Workers Comp Claim

When you get injured at work, you should file a claim with your employer right away. Your employer may choose the doctor you see, but receiving treatment from an employer-approved physician will make it easier for you to receive benefits. If you receive a denial, you can fight back with the help of an attorney.

Consult an Iowa Workers Compensation Attorney

A work injury can disrupt your life. You may have to suffer through physical and emotional pain in addition to financial hardship. If you need help getting your workers comp claim approved, reach out to an Iowa workers compensation lawyer from Pothitakis Law Firm, PC. To schedule a free consultation, call 319-754-6400 or fill out the contact form below.

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