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Aggressive Workers’ Compensation Claim Attorneys

At Hedberg & Boulton, P.C., our experienced workers’ compensation lawyers stand up for injured workers and challenge unfavorable decisions before the Iowa Division of Workers’ Compensation. Our legal team in Des Moines has helped thousands of Iowa men and women recover the full benefits they deserve. We have the knowledge and commitment to explore every aspect of each client’s case in order to recover its full value.

Workers’ Compensation Laws In Iowa

Iowa’s workers’ compensation laws are designed to ensure that employees who are injured or disabled on the job are provided compensation for their medical expenses and lost wages if their injuries force them to miss work. While many workers’ compensation claims are resolved to the satisfaction of both the injured employee and the employer, there are times when an injured employee disagrees with a denial of benefits or other decisions made in a case.

Committed Des Moines Injury Benefit Lawyers

We have a long and strong track record for being committed to working men and women in Iowa. We do not represent companies and their insurance providers in workers’ compensation cases. We work with individuals who are wrestling with a denied claim, medical care disputes or issues returning to work.

Workplace Injuries And The Law

The laws regarding workplace injuries are complex. We help our clients understand their rights regarding a wide variety of injuries, including:

  • Cumulative injuries caused by repetitive tasks that may affect wrists, neck, back and shoulders
  • Preexisting injuries when an existing medical condition is aggravated or accelerated because of work activities (even if the original injury was not work-related)
  • Neck and back injuries such as spinal cord injuries (paralysis), cervical injuries, herniated disks, fractured vertebrae and nerve damage.
  • Shoulder injuries that can require surgery and months of rehabilitation

In addition, workplace injuries often include other types of claims such as unemployment compensation, Social Security Disability, personal injury and wrongful termination or another employment discrimination matter. Our attorneys are highly skilled in each of these practice areas as well.

Frequently Asked Questions About Workers’ Compensation

Our workers’ compensation lawyers know that there can be a lot of questions about injuries that happen at work and filing a workers’ comp claim. Here, they answer some of the more commonly asked questions. For answers to specific questions about your personal work injury, our workers’ comp lawyers offer a free consultation appointment.

What types of benefits are available under workers’ compensation?

In the state of Iowa, workers’ compensation benefits can cover reimbursement for medical care and expenses. Benefits can also include compensation for lost wages in the form of wage replacement benefits.

How are benefit amounts calculated in a workers’ compensation case?

In Iowa, an injured worker who is unable to work is usually entitled to benefits in the amount of 80% of their former weekly compensation before taxes.

If I am permanently disabled due to a workplace accident, what type of benefits can I expect?

In Iowa, permanent disability benefits are calculated based on the degree of permanent disability and the type of injury. There are two different types of permanent disability benefits. A scheduled member disability calculates benefits based on the functional impairment of a specific part of the body.

When there is a permanent disability to the body as a whole, also known as an industrial disability, benefits will be calculated based on a number of different factors. These factors include:

  • The severity of the injury
  • The employee’s education
  • The employee’s qualifications and work experience
  • The worker’s ability to engage in subsequent employment

An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can help you assess whether or not your injury would qualify you for permanent disability benefits under the workers’ compensation laws.

What are the key deadlines that I need to be aware of in a workers’ compensation case?

In Iowa, workers have 90 days to report a workplace injury. If you miss the 90-day deadline to report your injury to your employer, your claim for benefits may be denied.

In addition, all workers’ compensation claims for benefits must be filed within two years of the date of the injury. If you miss this filing deadline, any claim for benefits may be denied.

We Offer Free Case Assessments

There are important deadlines and statutes of limitation to adhere to in workers’ compensation claims. If your claim has been denied or is less than you feel you deserve, contact us at 515-446-9861 to schedule a free initial appointment. We will review the facts of your case and recommend the best steps to take.