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Workers’ Comp Claims: Neck And Back Injuries

Last updated on December 13, 2023

Neck and back injuries can be among the most debilitating injuries a person can suffer in terms of pain. These injuries also can prevent a worker from performing normal job functions. The experienced legal team at Hedberg & Boulton, P.C., in Des Moines, has a long and strong track record of advocating for injured workers, and we are ready to use that experience for you.

Understanding Workers’ Compensation Benefits

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, sometimes even creeping in slowly over time.

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. Our workers’ compensation attorneys can review your case to determine what benefits you may be eligible to receive.

Requirements For Workers’ Comp Claims

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.

Expect Claim Denials And Prepare Accordingly

Insurance companies frequently deny treatment for back injuries or prevent the injured party from seeking proper medical care. 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. We also help clients file workers’ compensation claim appeals if their initial claim was denied. In some instances, a company may attempt to refuse care from a specialist or even fire the injured worker after the on-the-job injury simply to save costs. Our firm also handles employment law claims and wrongful termination lawsuits.

Common Work-Related Back And Neck Injuries

Our attorneys are familiar with handling a wide variety of workplace back and neck injuries, including:

  • Herniated or bulging disks
  • Muscle and tendon strains
  • Spinal cord injury and paralysis
  • Whiplash

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.

Meet With Our Experienced Iowa Back Injuries Lawyers

At our firm, we offer a free consultation appointment to review the facts of your case and recommend a legal strategy. You can contact us by sending us an email through our website or by calling our office at 515-446-9861 to schedule an appointment for your free initial consultation.