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Job-Related Injuries and Workers' Compensation

If you are ever injured or develop an illness related to your line of work in Iowa, you may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits. Just what types of conditions may result in your ability to collect these benefits?

As the state of Iowa Department of Workforce Development explains, the definition of a work-related injury accommodates a great many things. Basically anything that is able to be attributed to a person's job responsibilities and that may be out of the scope of normal wear and tear on the body may qualify as an injury or illness covered by workers' compensation. The loss of a person's hearing is also included. If you had a particular health condition before you began your job and it is exacerbated by your job, you may still be able to receive workers' compensation benefits related to that exacerbated condition.

One of the important things you should know is that you are required to let your employer know about your condition within 90 days. This might be 90 days after an accident that clearly resulted in an injury. If you have an injury or an illness that is not identified and connected to your job until a later date, you must give notice within 90 days of learning about the condition and its relationship to your work. Your failure to provide this notice may hinder your ability to collect benefits.

If you would like to learn more about workers' compensation benefits for injured Iowa employees, please feel free to visit the job injury help page of our workers' compensation website.