Nearly all workers in the state of Iowa are entitled to workers’ compensation when they are injured at work or while carrying out any duties related to their employment. The state mandates that all employers with one or more employees must carry workers’ compensation insurance (with very few exceptions). Because workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, you do not need to show that your employer or any other party was negligent in order to receive benefits. However, there are several important things you must do, including a number of applicable deadlines to meet, in order to ensure a successful outcome.
If you have been injured on the job, talking with a lawyer can help you understand your rights under Iowa’s workers' compensation and personal injury laws. At Ball, Kirk & Holm, P.C., we can help. Our Waterloo workers’ compensation attorneys represent injured workers throughout the state, providing personalized legal guidance in a variety of workers’ comp and third-party work injury matters. We serve workers across a variety of industries, including those injured in meat packing plants, manufacturing facilities, factories, offices, retail and grocery stores, and other workplaces throughout Iowa.
Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with our team today to learn how we can help you get back on your feet after a workplace accident, injury, or illness. Call (319) 220-0416. Available 24/7! We offer representation for clients in Iowa City, Waterloo and the rest of the state.
Important Workers’ Compensation Timelines in Iowa
How Long Do I Have to File a Workers' Compensation Claim in Iowa?
After a work-related accident leaves you injured, it’s important that you act immediately to protect your rights. You must notify your employer of the injury within 90 days and you have two years from the date of the accident/injury to receive your workers’ compensation benefit. If you suffered a work-related illness, the clock begins ticking on the date on which you became aware of (or reasonably should have become aware of) the fact that your condition was work-related.
If you need to request additional benefits, you have a three-year timeframe to do so.