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Unscheduled Disabilities in Iowa Workers Comp Cases
When you’ve been in a work accident, there’s a chance you’ve suffered a serious injury. You might be wondering how much you should recover in compensation. Injuries can vary quite a bit, and their effect on you can be just as unique.
You might already be aware of unscheduled disabilities in Iowa workers comp cases, but what does that mean for your claim? If you’re not sure, reach out for help. An attorney from Pothitakis Law Firm, PC, can review your claim and injury.
You might need help determining what your claim is worth, as it’s not always a straightforward process. Our attorneys can review your claim and ensure you’re getting the benefits you need for your specific injury type.
Unscheduled vs. Scheduled Disabilities
When you’ve been in an on-the-job accident, your injuries generally fall into one of two categories: scheduled and unscheduled. You might not know the difference and what it means for you, but fortunately, your lawyer can guide you through the process.
Scheduled disabilities are injuries that happen to a specific body part. These include things such as your thumb, hand, foot, or leg, and each one has a specific number attached. If you lose use of an eye at work, for example, you’d receive 140 weeks of disability benefits for that injury.
Unscheduled disabilities aren’t so easy to calculate. These injuries occur to a larger body part, or to the body as a whole. For example, a back injury isn’t listed on the schedule and will likely vary more. As such, you’ll need help calculating how much an unscheduled disability is worth.
Calculating Your Disability
When calculating the benefits you should receive for an unscheduled disability, you’ll need to determine how much your injury has affected your life. To do that, your lawyer will need to assess your situation and ask a few important questions.
How much that injury affects your job will affect your benefits. For example, a back injury might make a hands-on job nearly impossible, but an office job might not place too much additional strain on your injury. Your lawyer will also look at how permanent the damages are, and what kind of treatment you’ll need for recovery.
Although your medical expenses should be covered regardless, your disability benefits might not be so simple. If you’re concerned that you’re not getting the benefits you need for your unscheduled disability, reach out for help.
The Right Work Comp Lawyer for You
When you’re injured on the job, you need workers comp benefits to help you recover. Unfortunately, that can be difficult when you’re dealing with unscheduled disabilities in Iowa work comp claims. You might need to enlist the help of an attorney who can guide you through the process, starting with a free claim consultation.
Reach out to the attorneys at Pothitakis Law Firm, PC. Our lawyers can help you find the true value of your claim, and then represent you throughout the process. Give us a call at 319-754-6400 or fill out the following form to begin.