A man who has spent his lifetime living in southern Iowa doing construction work sustained serious leg injuries when he fell off a wall. He required multiple surgeries and at first, his employer was good to him. However, once the restrictions were made permanent they decided that they no longer needed him. Once he was fired, he knew that he should contact an attorney to find out more about his rights. He called our office and we began and continues through today. The first trial resulted in a running award of benefits as he had not yet reached MMI (maximum medical improvement). Another petition was filed and the second trial was completed. Unfortunately, the insurance company stopped paying benefits and did not start again for several years while they exhausted their appeals. Ultimately, the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner found him to be permanently and totally disabled meaning that he is to receive a weekly workers’ compensation check for the rest of his life which if he lives his normal life expectancy will exceed $750,000. While the insurance company did pay the back benefits that they owed, the story is not over because they further appealed the decision to Iowa District Court and stopped paying any weekly benefits.
He is to receive a weekly workers’ compensation check for the rest of his life which if he lives his normal life expectancy will exceed $750,000