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WORKERS' COMPENSATION - Frequently Asked Questions
I. General Information
  A. How Do Workers’ Compensation Laws Operate?
  B. Who Is Covered by Workers’ Compensation Laws?
  C. What Is the Difference Between Workers’ Compensation Benefit Claims and Civil Lawsuits?
  D. How to Protect Your Rights
  E. Categories of Injuries Covered by Workers' Compensation

F. What to Do If You Are Injured On-the-Job

II. Conclusion
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Categories of Injuries Covered by Workers’ Compensation

You may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits for a work-related injury that fits into one of the categories below:

  • Pre-existing Conditions – These types of injuries are unrelated injuries that you already had that may be aggravated or exacerbated by your workplace injury. 

  • Traumatic Injuries On-the-Job – This category includes injuries as a result of trauma or an accident.

  • Cumulative Injuries - this type of injury is due to wear and tear over a period of time, often caused by repetitive motions.
  • Exposure to Toxins – This class includes injuries that result from exposure to toxins in chemicals from normal working conditions.  An example of this type of injury is lung cancer, if you can show that it was caused by exposure to those on-the-job toxins.
  • Physical and Mental Strain – This category includes physical and mental strain that is a result of increased work duties or work-related stress.  In Iowa, a disabling mental condition that is a direct result of work demands or constant harassment from a supervisor may also be included in this category.

However, there are some injuries that aren’t covered by workers’ compensation.  Iowa will not compensate an employee who is intoxicated if the intoxication was a substantial factor in causing an injury or who intentionally injures themselves.  Additionally, an employee generally won’t be compensated for injuries received while traveling to or from work.  However, there are exceptions under which an employee will be eligible for compensation for work-related travel injuries. 

What to Do If You Are Injured On-the-Job

  • Report the Injury to Your Employer
    • If it’s possible, report your injury in writing and keep a copy of that report for your personal records.

  • If Your Claim Is Disputed
    • If there is a dispute regarding your claim, you can contact your state’s workers’ compensation commissioner’s office.  You may also want to contact a lawyer experienced in the workers’ compensation system.

Conclusion of General Information about Workers’ Compensation

The workers’ compensation system is designed to provide a simple and direct way for employees who are injured at work because of their jobs to receive compensation for their injuries.  An experienced workers’ compensation lawyer can assist you in navigating these procedural requirements and can help you obtain the benefits to which you are entitled.


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