If you are an Iowa worker, you may have questions about what constitutes an occupational disease. Chapter 85A of the Iowa Code covers occupational disease compensation, and Section 85A.8 defines occupational diseases as those which arise during the course of your employment.
Understanding the requirements for qualifying for workers' compensation in Iowa can be confusing, but you may be just as concerned about what will be covered if you are approved. If you have been injured at work and are in need of assistance, you are likely curious about the benefits that you would be offered.
When workers in Iowa like you are exposed to dangerous toxins, chemicals, or fumes, your health is on the line. At the Law Offices of Gallner & Pattermann, P.C., we provide you with important information regarding the types of illnesses that can come from exposure, and what to do if you've been exposed to these harmful substances.
For most Iowan employees injured at work, the workers’ compensation law provides the only available remedy, according to Iowa Workforce Development. The law requires employers to follow strict procedures for reporting, handling claims, and making payments. Every employer designates an agent or representative with knowledge of Iowa’s workers’ compensation law to quickly and efficiently handle claims.
As reported in the Insurance Journal earlier this year, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed a bill in April authorizing a new workers’ compensation law that went into effect on July 1, 2017. Under this law, Workers’ Compensation Fund payouts are predicted to go down by close to $1.8 million beginning in the 2018 budget year. Much of this decrease is expected to come from lower coverages for worker injuries tied to a pre-existing condition and from reduced benefits for injured workers, particularly those with shoulder injuries.
Whether workers in Iowa are spending their time at a desk or in a plant, there is always the risk of occupational hazards. Occupational injuries and diseases are among these hazards, and some are more prevalent than others no matter what the industry is. Learning how to identify the root of these issues can be a vital step in combating them.
While most people in Iowa realize that getting a back injury at work can qualify you to receive workers’ compensation, there are many aspects of this condition that are misunderstood. The many ways that this type of injury can be sustained and the various body parts it can affect mean that the circumstances involved in each case can be different for every individual. We at the Law Offices of Gallner and Pattermann have experience helping workers receive help with back injuries and can seek to make sure you receive the help you deserve.
After an accident, insurance companies, employers, police and sometimes even medical staff can treat injured people as case numbers. The attorneys at our firm know that this approach can be very upsetting when you need personal guidance and support to get through such a difficult experience.
A new workers’ compensation law was signed by Governor Branstad that changes the benefits Iowa workers are afforded when injured on the job. According to U.S. News, the new law goes into effect on July 1, 2017. This will affect workers across the state who suffer from shoulder injuries, as they will see a decrease in overall benefits.
No matter what your line of work or what industry you are in, a job-related accident can happen at any time in Iowa. When you are hurt on the job, you should be able to trust that you will be able to receive appropriate help. One type of help available to you may well be workers' compensation benefits.