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Nurse Almost Gave Away $200,000 for Iowa work injury
Sharon is a nurse who injured her back while assisting a patient at work. She was a hard worker and seldom missed work before her injury. The insurance company for the hospital where she worked paid for her medical care including surgery and then made her an offer to settle based upon her impairment rating only. Sharon did not know how Iowa's workers' compensation laws worked so she requested a book that was offered at no cost to Iowans hurt at work. She read the book and learned that the impairment rating given to her by her doctor is only one factor in determining how much compensation she should receive. Her case eventually settled, but had she trusted her employer and their insurance company and taken their offer, she would have given away more than $200,000.