Whether you’re working at a desk job or on the floor of a manufacturing plant, a work injury can happen suddenly and take you out of work.
It is common to have questions about work injuries. What do I do if I have had a work-related injury? Can I go to my own doctor? How do I know if I need a work comp attorney? At the Platt Law office, in Urbandale, we are happy to help Newton, Iowa employees with these questions. Below are the answers to a few of those work comp questions to help you get on the right track.
What if I have to miss work due to my injury?
In most cases, if you miss work because of an accepted work injury, your employer and their insurer will pay weekly benefits for the time that you miss work due to your injuries. Under Iowa law, employers do not have to pay for the first three days missed from work as a result of a work-related injury unless more than fourteen days are missed in total. If you have questions about work comp payments, contact us.
If your claim is denied, your employer will likely not pay for your time off work. It is helpful to look into FMLA or short-term disability if these are offered by your employer. Ask your human resources office about these or other benefits if your claim is denied. Denied claims are also the type of claims where it is helpful to get advice from an attorney.
Can I go to my own doctor?
Iowa Workers’ Compensation law stipulates that your employer may choose where to send you for medical care to treat a work-related injury. This is why it is very important that you report your injury to your employer right away and request medical treatment. If you go to your own doctor in Newton without reporting the injury to your employer or without the permission of your employer, you may be responsible for the medical bill from those appointments.
How do I know if I need a Workers Compensation Attorney after being injured at Work?
It almost always benefits you to consult with an attorney when you have a work injury. Your employer knows the worker’s compensation law and how to use it to their advantage. You need to know and protect your rights as well. The Platt Law Firm offers free consultations for personal injury and workers compensation inquires, and we will travel to meet with you in Newton, Iowa.
Nick Platt is no stranger to the Newton area. Platt Law has established a trusted reputation of helping many residents in the Newton and Marshalltown area. Don’t leave anything to chance if you have questions about your work injury, feel you’ve been unjustly treated by your employer, an insurance company, or an individual. We want to help you take the first steps to get your life back into order. Call our Des Moines or Urbandale, Iowa office today at 515-278-1522 or complete our contact form on our website. We’ll get your questions answered about your work-related injury situation. Many central Iowa employees have trusted Nick Platt Workers Compensation Attorney for the personal injury and work comp cases, just take a look at some of the reviews on Google!
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