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How to Calculate a Workers Comp Settlement in Iowa
When you’re struggling with a serious injury after a work accident, it’s important to know what to expect as you pursue workers compensation benefits. After all, this money will go toward making sure you and your family can get through this difficult time.
Unfortunately, you may not know how to calculate a workers comp settlement in Iowa, even though this knowledge can ensure you’re getting a fair amount for your injuries. For help with this, contact an attorney at Pothitakis Law Firm, PC. We can help you calculate your the value of your settlement.
Severity of Your Work Injury
A major part of calculating your workman’s comp settlement will depend on whether you’ll be able to return to any form of employment while your injuries heal. Iowa employers often offer workers the chance to partially return to their jobs, typically in a less demanding position.
For example, if you broke your leg, you may not be able to stand for long hours, but you may be able to sit at a desk and handle smaller tasks. In this case, you can receive the income for that position, as well as disability benefits to make up for the loss of income from being paid less.
In other cases, you may be completely unable to walk or sit comfortably enough to do any job for the company. While your injury will heal, it’ll take complete rest. You should receive a higher percentage of your original wages in such cases.
Length of Time Covered
The amount of time you’re expected to be away from work should also be considered. Your injury may take only a few weeks to heal, but some people may be disabled for years or their entire lives. Getting coverage for the appropriate length of time is vital.
If you’re not permanently injured, or if that injury won’t always impede your ability to work, you may receive temporary disability. This will be calculated by the severity of your injury: The loss of a leg, for example, would likely get you more time off than a broken bone. You’ll be given a set number of weeks off to heal, and your Iowa workers compensation settlement will be based on that.
Some injuries, however, are simply permanent. For example, if you were in a truck accident and you were completely paralyzed, you’ll never walk again. If you’ll never be able to work as you did before, you should receive permanent disability, which should continue as long as you’re disabled.
Get in Touch with an Iowa Workers Comp Lawyer
To calculate a workers comp settlement in Iowa, you typically need to know two things: how serious the injury is and how long it’ll take to heal. This can be tough to answer unless you’ve already talked to a doctor and your employer, and even then, you may not have the exact numbers you’re looking for.
An Iowa workers comp lawyer at our firm can help you get the details you’re looking for. At Pothitakis Law Firm, PC, we know you don’t want to end up without the compensation you need. If you need help as you pursue workers compensation benefits, set up a free consultation with our firm. Call us at 1-866-753-4692 or fill out the online contact form below to begin.