When Clarke County Iowa employee came to see us after a work-related eye injury, she did not know what to do. She worked for the jail and sustained an injury to her eye causing blindness which made it almost impossible to read and severely disrupted her life. We sat down with her, answered her questions and found out that she probably qualified for the Iowa Second Injury Fund because she had prior injuries to her hands, even though they were not work-related. We filed a petition on her behalf, had a trial and the Iowa Second Injury Fund was ordered to pay weekly benefits to her for the rest of her life worth more than $375,000. If she decided to just take what the insurance company wanted to pay her, then she would have been throwing hundreds of thousands of dollars away. Almost no injured workers know about the second injury fund and how it can perhaps provide you with additional benefits. However, keep in mind that you do not want to settle your workers' compensation case without consulting an attorney as most settlement will result in you being barred from bringing a second injury fund claim.
by Corey Walker
With over 25 years legal experience, Corey has been recognized for his work as an injury attorney.