Workers’ Compensation

In one split second, your ability to earn a living may be seriously jeopardized by an injury. When injured at work, you need to understand your rights under Iowa workers’ compensation law. At Beattie Law Firm in Des Moines, Iowa, we will be at your side from the initial filing of your workers’ compensation claim to the final outcome.

There is nothing simple about a workers’ compensation claim. It goes beyond filling out paperwork and attending visits to the doctor. Many hard-working Iowa residents employ a do-it-yourself approach when seeking workers’ compensation benefits. While this may seem like a simpler approach, it does not recognize the complexities involved in a workers’ compensation claim and does little to maximize compensation.

An experienced attorney can be your best advocate when dealing with a workers’ compensation matter. Too much is at stake for you not to obtain benefits for your workplace injury.

Serious Work-Related Injuries

American workers spend a significant portion of their life at their place of employment or engaging in job-related tasks. As a result, it is no surprise that many injuries occur while on the job, some of them very serious that require expensive medical care. Serious work-related injuries can force an employee to spend significant time away from his or her job and result in life-changing disabilities. At Beattie Law Firm, our team of experienced lawyers is ready to jump in and see that you get the care and benefits you and your family need.

Most people believe that construction, highway, medical and manufacturing workers are at the highest risk of sustaining a serious on-the-job injury, and in many instances they are right. However, every employee — whether he or she works at a restaurant or a retail store — is susceptible to life-changing injuries. For example, falling down the stairs at work could result in spinal cord damage or brain injury, and serious cuts can result in nerve damage that require years of physical therapy.

In each of these instances, the help of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney can be essential for obtaining the benefits and medical care you need.

Other serious work-related injuries include or are caused by:

  • Slip-and-fall accidents
  • Falling from heights
  • Back, knee. and other joint damage (often from overexertion)
  • Falling objects
  • Vehicular accidents, including third-party liability claims
  • Machine-related injuries, including manufacturing equipment
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals

Whatever your situation, Beattie Law Firm will be by your side and will see that you receive all benefits that are available to you. We will also ensure that your employer does not seek retribution because you filed a work comp claim — an act they are forbidden to do by law.

On-The-Job Injuries

Suffering a serious injury while at work is a stressful experience, especially if you suffer an injury that prevents you from returning to your job for an extended period of time. Most injured workers worry about their ability to provide for their family, how they will afford necessary medical treatment or who can help them during this difficult time.

At Beattie Law Firm, our Des Moines workers’ comp lawyers have nearly 60 years of combined experience helping injured workers recover the benefits they need. We have a reputation for being compassionate to our clients and aggressive when it comes to protecting and asserting their rights. We will be your advocate as soon as you step foot into our office, and we will fight for the compensation you need until your and your family’s goals are realized.

Iowa’s workers’ compensation system is complex and requires the adherence to a strict set of guidelines. An experienced lawyer is an invaluable asset when dealing with paperwork, seeking proper medical care, and dealing directly with your employer and its insurance carrier.

Employers are sometimes reluctant to award work compensation benefits if an employee’s injury was his or her own fault. However, it is important to know that you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits regardless of how your injury occurred. You can recover so long as you were injured at work or performing a task associated with your job. Speak to us immediately if you have been injured at work or are having difficulty obtaining the funds or care you need.

We will discuss your specific situation and your specific needs during your initial consultation. Beattie Law Firm will provide honest answers and clear advice about how we feel you should proceed.

Protecting Your Job from an Employer’s Retribution

Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, meaning you are entitled to benefits even if your injury was your own fault. Our firm works hard to ensure that your medical needs are met, and we also work hard to protect your job while you are recovering from an injury. Far too many times, an employer will seek retribution against an employee for filing a workers’ compensation claim by trying to prevent them from coming back. We fight hard to make sure that does not happen.