A back injury can be among the most debilitating injuries a person can suffer in terms of pain and preventing a worker from performing normal job functions. Back injuries are among the most common injuries suffered by construction workers, repairmen, truck drivers and those in other trades, yet they can be complicated to diagnose and equally complicated to treat.
The Iowa workers' compensation system provides a number of benefits available to workers who injure their backs, including all costs for medical care to treat the injury and income replacement benefits while you recuperate. The amount of benefits you receive depends upon a number of factors, including the nature and severity of your injury as well as your ability to return to the type of work you were doing at the time you were injured.
One of the initial requirements for every workers' compensation claim is that the employer must have either actual knowledge or formal notice of an alleged workers' compensation injury within 90 days of the occurrence of any injury.
A pre-existing problem that was not originally caused by work, but which is substantially aggravated by work activities, may be at least partly covered as a workers' compensation injury.
Insurance companies frequently deny treatment for back injuries or prevent the injured party from seeking proper medical care. In some instances, a company may attempt to refuse care from a specialist or fire the injured worker after the on-the-job injury simply to save costs.
It is important to have an experienced workers' compensation attorney review the facts of your case to ensure that you are not being denied benefits you deserve, or that you are receiving the full amount of benefits you are owed. The experienced legal team at Hedberg & Boulton, P.C., in Des Moines, Iowa, has a long and strong track record of advocating for injured workers.
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If you injure your back and you are temporarily unable to work, you are entitled to receive healing period (HP) or temporary total disability (TTD) benefit payments while you are not working.
Our attorneys are familiar with handling a wide variety of back injuries, including:
- Herniated or bulging disks
- Muscle and tendon strains
- Spinal cord injury and paralysis
If your post-injury medical condition has reached maximum medical improvement and you still can't perform your complete job duties, then your temporary disability ends and you may be entitled to receive permanent partial disability (PPD) or permanent total disability benefits instead to compensate you for the permanent effects of your work injury.
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