Workers’ Compensation Claims in Des Moines
After you have been injured in the workplace or on the job, it is essential that you seek legal advice right away. You and your family depend on your wages; when you are injured, your income may stop and your medical bills may start to add up. Your employer is responsible for facilitating your workers’ compensation benefits following an injury.
At King Law, PLLC, Des Moines workers' compensation lawyer Mark King helps clients understand their rights and provides guidance throughout every step of the process. Your employer and their insurance company know the law—so should you. Continue reading to learn more about your employer’s responsibilities in relation to filing a workers’ compensation claim in Iowa, or reach out directly to speak to Attorney King during a free and confidential consultation.
What Responsibilities Does My Employer Have?
In the state of Iowa, all employers with at least one employee must have workers’ compensation insurance. While some workers are exempt from coverage, these exceptions are rare. In most cases, if you are designated as an employee—whether part-time, full-time, or seasonal—you are covered by your employer’s workers’ compensation liability insurance.
Whether you have a wear-and-tear injury from repetitive trauma to your body due to your work-related duties or history of employment, or if you suffer a traumatic injury in the workplace, your employer should help you get the medical care you need without delay. However, this may not always be the case.
Your employer and their insurer have the following responsibilities:
- Ensuring you receive the proper medical treatment
- Filing an accident report, the First Report of Injury form
- Providing wage information to insurer
- Providing you with a dependency allowance
- Paying your medical bills for all your injuries
- Paying for your mileage reimbursement or travel for medical care
- Paying weekly benefits if you have temporary disability
- Paying weekly benefits if you have permanent disability
If your employer disputes your injuries, illness, or condition, or if your workers’ compensation claim is delayed or denied, contact a Des Moines workers’ compensation attorney right away. You have the option of fighting back.