Des Moines Neck Injury Lawyer
Injured at Work? You Could Be Entitled to Workers’ Compensation Benefits!
There are a number of different causes of work-related neck injuries, including both repetitive use injuries and traumatic workplace accidents. If you have been hurt, Attorney Mark King of King Law, PLLC may be the answer to recovering compensation for your medical bills and lost wages.
Attorney King represents workers in cases involving all types of neck injuries. He is extremely compassionate towards clients who have suffered on-the-job injuries and need representation to maximize their claim. With over two decades of legal experience, including more than 13 years exclusively representing injured workers and individuals throughout Iowa, he has the knowledge, skills, and resources to work tirelessly on your behalf. Over the years, his aggressive approach has helped him secure millions of dollars for his clients.
Work-Related Neck Injuries & Symptoms
Neck injuries can cause a wide range of symptoms, from mild pain and discomfort to radiating pain into your arms and hands. If you believe that you have suffered a neck injury, it is vital that you seek medical care right away. Even minor symptoms could be a sign of a more severe injury, so it is important that you see a doctor as soon as possible to receive a diagnosis and begin treatment.
Some of the most common work-related neck injuries include:
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Pinched nerves
- Spinal cord damage
- Vertebral fractures
- Arthritis materially aggravated by work duties
It is important to note that, in the state of Iowa, you are still permitted to seek workers’ compensation benefits if you had a preexisting injury or condition, as long as you can prove that your preexisting injury or condition was significantly aggravated by your work-related duties or activities. The existence of a preexisting injury or condition is a common defense used by employers and insurance companies; it’s important to have a skilled workers’ compensation attorney on your side in order to fight for the full, fair benefits you are owed.
How to File a Workers’ Compensation Claim for a Neck Injury
In Iowa, all employers with at least one employee must carry workers’ compensation liability insurance. This means that you are most likely covered by workers’ comp and, therefore, are entitled to receive benefits if your neck injury was work-related.
Immediately after the accident or after noticing your neck injury, seek medical attention. Note you’re your employer has the right to choose your medical provider. Next, inform your employer of the injury. In Iowa, you only have 90 days to notify your employer of your work-related injury. Next, your employer should file a First Report of Injury form, which begins the workers’ compensation filing process. If your employer fails to file this form, you can notify the Workers’ Compensation Commissioner of the injury yourself.
If your neck injury was work-related or aggravated significantly by your work, you could be entitled to benefits for all of your medical costs, as well as temporary total or partial disability benefits. If your neck injury prevents you from returning to work permanently, you could also be eligible to receive permanent total disability benefits.
Fighting Disputed or Denied Claims
Your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance provider is responsible for your injury or disability if it was brought about by your work duties. If your employer or their insurance company has failed to take action or has denied your claim, you can fight back by appealing the denial and fighting for the benefits you are owed. Filing a claim or an appeal with the help of a Des Moines workers' compensation attorney is essential, and you only have a limited amount of time to do so. It is important that you work with a firm that has the necessary experience and skill to help you navigate the complexities of a workers' compensation claim in Iowa.
King Law, PLLC has been serving hard-working Iowans for years.
Attorney King understands just how stressful and confusing the workers’ compensation process can be, which is why he offers compassionate and personalized legal representation from start to finish.