After being injured on the job, there are very specific steps you need to take to make sure your injury is completely covered by workers’ compensation. These steps will help ensure that you meet your deadlines and get your claim accepted. A lot goes into the workers’ compensation process and just being able to navigate it can be confusing and stressful, follow these steps or contact one of our workers’ compensation lawyers for help! .PREVENT FURTHER INJURY
Take measures to prevent further injury, whether it means turning the machine off, cleaning the area, or even sending people home for the day. It is important to make sure that no more injuries will be caused by the same problem as the first.FILE A REPORT
It is crucial that you report your injury to your employer as soon as possible. If the injury was not correctly reported, there is a chance your claim may get denied. Your employer and workers’ compensation insurance company can fight and say the injury was not reported promptly.CONTACT AN ATTORNEY
It is not easy to navigate the workers’ compensation process. Insurance adjusters are trained to work against you and your claim. Our lawyers can assist you in filing your workers’ compensation claim, including filling out and filing the forms, dealing with the insurance company, and making sure you get the wages you deserve while out of work.KEEP NOTE OF ALL MISSED DAYS, TRAVEL, AND OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES
Iowa workers’ compensation benefits cover your medical care, including all travel expenses to get to and from appointments. Missed wages and other recovery time are also covered. Sometimes ongoing medical care is needed, such as physical therapy. Physical therapy and all long-term care are covered, under Iowa’s workers’ compensation benefits. Be sure to keep track of your appointments and when you miss work.FILE FOR WORKERS COMPENSATION
If no legal action is being pursued, it is time for you to file for workers' compensation benefits. These benefits are required to cover any personal injury that happened in the workplace. It does not matter how the injury happened or who’s responsible. These benefits should cover the majority of costs associated with your treatment.
An experienced attorney can be your best advocate while dealing with the burden of a workers’ compensation claim. An attorney can be essential to successfully obtaining the benefits and care you deserve. Some serious work-related injury cases we have experience in are:- Slip-and-fall accidents - Back, knee, and other joint damage - Falling Objects - Machine-related injuries, including manufacturing equipment - Exposure to toxic chemicals - And many more At Beattie Law Firm, we understand how important workers’ compensation benefits are to you. If you’re looking for a workers’ compensation lawyer in Des Moines, Knoxville, or Ames, IA contact us today! We are here and ready to represent you in this difficult process.