Why Do You Need a Lawyer?
Workers' compensation laws vary state by state. In Iowa, your employer has the right to direct your medical care. They may choose the physician who provides initial treatment for your injury.
If an employer-chosen physician recommends treatment or referral to another physician, the employer generally must provide that treatment or referral. If the recommendations of your doctor are not being followed or if you are not receiving prompt care, your rights are not being honored and you should contact an attorney.
Know Your Rights
More than a century ago, the Iowa legislature created the workers' compensation system. Their goal was to ensure people who suffered injuries on the job were appropriately compensated for their losses.
Today, there are three general types of benefits available to injured workers: medical care, healing period benefits, and permanency benefits. If you have been injured at work--regardless of who is at fault--you have the right to compensation.
If you're injured, be sure to report that injury to your employer within 90 days of the event. There are, however, several factors which may extend that 90-day requirement. For example, if your injury develops over time or you don't recognize the extent of an injury, you still may be able to claim benefits.