A workplace injury is generally covered by Workers' Compensation, as long as it was acquired during the scope of performing one's job duties. It must also be directly connected to an accident or incident, although repetitive motion injuries may also be covered.
Injuries Covered by Workers' Compensation
Some injuries are the result of a sudden event, such as a fall from a ladder or an arm getting stuck in machinery. Injuries can also happen over time. An example would be carpal tunnel syndrome, usually caused by repetitive motion of the wrist, or a back injury caused by constantly lifting heavy boxes.
Other types of injuries that could lead to Workers' Compensation benefits in Iowa are those made worse by the nature of one's work. A complication of respiratory conditions stemming from exposure to chemicals is one example.
Even hearing loss could lead to benefits if it can be shown it was caused by noise in the workplace environment. The key to whether any type of injury is covered is establishing that it’s job-related.
Depending on the circumstances, benefits could stop as you return to work after your injury, or you could be entitled to some benefits if your income is reduced.
Contacting a Workers' Comp Attorneys in Des Moines
Workers' comp attorneys at Walker, Billingsley & Bair in Des Moines can provide legal assistance if you wish to pursue a claim of Workers' Compensation following a workplace injury. Call us at (888) 435-9886.