The type of workers' compensation benefits you may be eligible to receive will depend on the severity of your injuries and your ability to return to work.
Overview of Workers' Compensation Benefits
Benefits for reasonable and necessary medical expenses you have incurred as a result of your work-related injury may be available. In Iowa, it could also include transportation expenses at $0.555 cents per mile when using a privately owned vehicle.
If your injury requires some type of therapy, such as physical or occupational, these rehabilitative costs may be covered as well. Vocational rehabilitation could also be available if your injury prevents you from returning to work, which could provide $100 a week for up to 13 weeks.
Disability benefits provide compensation for your wages, too. The type of benefits you are qualified to receive depends on whether yours is a permanent (may receive benefits as long as you remain permanently disabled) or temporary disability (provided until you can return to work), and if it’s a partial (you may continue to work while disabled) or total disability (you are unable to work during your disability).
Even after returning to work, you may be eligible to continue receiving benefits. If you return to work and can only handle a less strenuous, lower-paying job, partial disability benefits may pay 66 percent of the difference between current and previous pay.
Contacting a Workers' Comp Attorneys in Des Moines
An Iowa workers' compensation attorney at Walker, Billingsley & Bair can further review your eligibility for benefits under the workers' compensation program in Iowa. Call us at 888-435-9886.