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CLARK BUTLER
WALSH & HAMANN
315 E 5th St.
Waterloo, Iowa 50703
Phone: (319) 234-5701
Fax: (319) 232-9579
Email: info@cbwh-law.com
 
Waterloo, Iowa Attorney practicing in Iowa primarily in Civil Litigation, Business Organization, Estate Planning & Probate, Family Law, Insurance Defense, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury, Premise Liability, Product Liability, Real Estate, Workers' Compensation & Wrongful Death. Lawyers at the Clark, Butler, Walsh & Hamann are dedicated to serve their clients in Iowa, including the cities of Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Fort Dodge, Ames, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Davenport, Dubuque, Des Moines, Adel, Marshalltown, Pella, Decorah, Eldora, Johnston, Ankeny, Muscatine, Ottumwa, Manchester, Elkader, and Burlington , and the communities that make Polk, Webster, Story, Linn, Johnson, Scott, Dubuque, Black Hawk, Dallas, Marshall, Marion, Winneshiek, Muscatine, Wapello, Delaware, Clayton, Hardin and Des Moines counties.
 
 
I. General Information about Workers’ Compensation
 

A. How Do Workers’ Compensation Laws Operate?

  B. Who Is Covered by Workers’ Compensation Laws?
  C. What Is the Difference Between Workers’ Compensation      Benefit Claims and Civil Lawsuits?
  D. How to Protect Your Rights
  E. Categories of Injuries Covered by Workers' Compensation
  F. What to Do If You Are Injured On-the-Job
II. Employer Obligations
 

A. Penalties

  B. Duties
  C. State and Local Government Employees
  D. Federal Government Employees
III. Conclusion
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Categories of Injuries Covered by Workers' Compensation

You may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits for a work-related injury that fits into one of the categories below:

Pre-existing Conditions - These types of injuries are unrelated injuries that you already had, which are aggravated or exacerbated by your workplace. One example is a back injury, even if you don't notice the pain caused by the injury until later.

Injuries on-the-job - This category includes injuries caused by your company's facilities (such as a chair in the company break room). Injuries during work time also include those that occur during coffee breaks, on your lunch break, and during work-sponsored activities (for example, a company picnic).

Exposure to Toxins - This class includes injuries that results from exposure to toxins in chemicals from normal working conditions. An example of this type of injury is lung cancer, if you can show that it was caused by exposure to those on-the-job toxins.

Physical and Mental Strain - This category includes physical and mental strain that is a result of increased work duties or work-related stress. In some states, a disabling mental condition that is a direct result of work demands or constant harassment from a supervisor may also be included in this category.

However, there are some injuries that aren't covered by workers' compensation. The injuries that aren't covered may vary from state to state. In some states, an employee can be compensated for an injury that he or she received while joking around at work. In some states, an employee would not be eligible for compensation for such an injury. Many states will not compensate an employee who is intoxicated when he or she is injured. Some states also bar employees who intentionally injury themselves from receiving compensation. Additionally, an employee generally won't be compensated for injuries received while traveling to or from work. However, there are exceptions under which an employee will be eligible for compensation for work-related travel injuries. These exceptions include: when the employer has agreed to provide transportation for the employee, when the employer pays the employee's costs for commuting, or if traveling is required as a part of the employee's job.

What to Do If You Are Injured On-the-Job

Report the Injury to Your Employer
If it's possible, report your injury in writing and keep a copy of that report for your personal records.

File Your Workers' Compensation Claim as Soon as Possible

If your injury entitles you to workers' compensation benefits, file your claim as soon as you can. Waiting to file could lead to problems or delays in receiving your benefits. Reporting your injury and filing your claim quickly is the best way to make sure that you start receiving benefits quickly.

If Your Claim Is Disputed

o If there is a dispute regarding your claim, you can contact your state's workers' compensation commissioner's office. You may also want to contact a lawyer experienced in the workers' compensation system.

Conclusion of General Information about Workers' Compensation

The workers' compensation system is designed to provide a simple and direct way for employees who are injured at work of because of their jobs to receive compensation for their injuries. Workers' compensation laws vary from state to state. Each state has its own requirements for the procedure to receive these benefits. An experienced workers' compensation lawyer can assist you in navigating these procedural requirements and can help you obtain the benefits to which you are entitled.

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If you would like to schedule a free initial consultation contact an Iowa workers' compensation attorney, representing clients in Elkader, Iowa  at the Clark, Butler, Walsh & Hamann. Give us a call at (319) 234-5701 or email us at info@cbwh-law.com.
 

DISCLAIMER: The information you obtain at our firm web site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. It is recommended that you should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation.

 

 
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