You do not need to be employed in the construction or transportation industry in Iowa to be at risk of becoming injured in a workplace accident or of developing an illness due to some environmental factor where you work. People in all types of industries and across all functions in a company can find themselves in these types of situations. When this happens, it is important for you to know that you will be properly supported. Receiving workers' compensation benefits is one of the ways that you may be so supported.
Unfortunately, just because you file a claim for workers' compensation benefits does not mean that you will get them. There may be many reasons that a claim is denied or that the offer made does not seem appropriate for the situation. When this happens, the Iowa Division of Workers' Compensation indicates that there is a path for addressing these disputes and concerns.
The first step in attempting to rectify this situation is to have your case heard by the Workers' Compensation Compliance Administrator. If the result of this effort is still unsatisfactory to you, you may file a proceeding for a contested case with the Workers' Compensation Commissioner directly. At all stages of this process, there are strict timelines that must be adhered to for making these requests.
If you would like to learn more about your options for pursuing what you feel to be the fair level of workers' compensation benefits after a work-related illness or injury, please feel free to visit the employee benefits page of our Iowa workers' compensation website.