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October 25, 2020

What Are Penalty Benefits in Iowa Workers Comp?

When you’re injured on the job in Iowa, you want to be sure that you’re getting the benefits you need for your losses. That may include disability benefits, medical care, or other benefits that cover the full scope of your losses. However, you may have also heard of penalty benefits, which may be a little confusing. 

What are penalty benefits in Iowa workers comp? Simply put, they’re another type of compensation you may be entitled to, depending on the details of your case. If you believe you’re eligible for these benefits, talk to your lawyer at the Pothitakis Law Firm, PC about your options. 

Benefits for Unreasonable Work Comp Denials

When you’re injured at work, you may receive a workers comp denial, or your claim may be unreasonably delayed. When your employer or their insurance company acts unreasonably, you may find yourself struggling to recover after the accident. 

If they fail to do their duty as an employer and provide swift answers on your workers comp claim, you may be entitled to penalty benefits. These benefits provide funds to make up for your employer’s actions or inaction.

These penalty benefits may provide much more help than you were given before, too. You could receive up to 50 percent of the benefits that were denied or delayed. That gives you the help you need for your recovery. 

Getting Your Penalty Benefits

Typically, seeking out these benefits requires you to fight back for you workers compensation. If you were unreasonably denied or delayed workers comp, or if your benefits were terminated without a reason, you may need to speak to your Iowa workers comp attorney about seeking these benefits. 

You’ll then need to prove that the loss of benefits did happen. Then, the employer is expected to provide a probable reason or cause for the lack of benefits. If they fail to do so, the judge may award you benefits for your losses. 

Consult a Workers Comp Lawyer About Your Benefits

Recovering from a major work accident is rarely easy. You’ve suffered because of your job, and you need help overcoming those injuries. Sadly, your employer doesn’t always have your best interests in mind. Instead, they denied or ended your benefits without giving you a reason. 

Now, you’re asking, “What are penalty benefits in Iowa workers comp?” The good news is that they’re benefits that could help you recover after a work accident. If you think your employer is acting unfairly, you may need a lawyer from the Pothitakis Law Firm, PC on your side.

You can get started today with a free consultation, in which we can discuss your options for recovery and show you how we can help before you make any decisions. To get started, call 319-754-6400 or complete the online form below. 

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