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.
Iowans who have ever needed to receive workers' compensation benefits know just how valuable this form of assistance can be. When an accident at work leaves a person unable to go to work for some time, the financial strain can mount quickly especially when medical bills may also be amassed at the same time.
Iowa residents who are employed should be able to trust that they will be properly provided for and compensated if they are ever injured in an on-the-job accident. This is precisely what the workers' compensation system was designed to do. The Iowa Workforce Development indicates that roughly 20,000 Iowans are injured on the job every year. In 2016, slightly more than 700 cases were decided by the state.