Getting injured on the job or suffering physically because of it can be costly. Finding out how to qualify for and what is covered by workers’ compensation in Iowa is often confusing. Looking for information on the Internet takes time, and research is probably the last thing you want to do while suffering from an injury.
The Iowa Division of Workers’ Compensation has a 19-page brochure explaining the complexities of qualifying for compensation and the rules for applying. By comparison, the 2014 Iowa income tax return instruction book is 11 pages long.
The bad news is even if you fill out the claim correctly and on time, the state can deny you benefits, or your employer can reject the claim.
Get help early
Filing income tax returns can be easy thanks to online software, but if you need help filing a workers’ compensation claim, there is no software. But you can get help from a lawyer. If you work in Cedar Rapids and commute from a nearby town such as Robins, workers’ compensation lawyers are available in Cedar Rapids to walk you through the process.
By assisting from the beginning, your lawyer will have the necessary information to fight for you if your claim is denied or rejected.
If your insurance company or employer is preventing you from receiving the compensation you need, the case may have to go to trial. Going to court or negotiating a workers’ compensation claim may not be something you prefer to do, but by hiring a lawyer, you can save time and get better results. You may not even need to go to court after all; there is always the chance of settling the case out of court.
As with many things in life, taking the initiative will get you positive results much faster than waiting for a solution to fall out of the sky. If you consult with a lawyer, make sure you bring the basic information necessary for your claim. Write down what happened to you at work that caused your injury and your symptoms. If you received medical attention or prescriptions, you should note those. The more information you can provide, the better the lawyer can help.
Why wait until you’re buried in frustration by government and insurance bureaucracy to get help? The Tom Riley Law Firm office is just a short drive from Robins and has workers’ compensation lawyers who can help you gather the correct information to file a claim and work through the process as smoothly as possible.
The Tom Riley Law Firm has offices in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. The firm’s lawyers cover workers’ compensation, personal injury, wrongful death and medical malpractice cases. Fill out the online form or call for a free consultation.