Last Updated: 4/25/2024

In Iowa, workers who sustain injuries on the job have the right to seek compensation. However, navigating the complexities of a workers' compensation claim requires thorough evidence collection. An Iowa Workers’ Compensation lawyer can provide invaluable assistance in gathering the necessary evidence to substantiate your claim and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Reporting the Injury

The foundation of a successful workers' compensation claim begins with timely reporting. According to Iowa Workers’ Compensation Law Notice of Injury 85.23, injuries must be reported to the employer within 90 days from when the injury occurred or when the worker became aware of it. Failure to report within this timeframe can jeopardize your claim.

Documenting the Incident

Detailed documentation is important in strengthening your case. Keep a complete record of the incident, including the date, time, location, circumstances surrounding the injury, witnesses, and when you notified your employer. This serves as essential evidence in showing the legitimacy of your claim.

Maintaining Medical Records

Accurate and thorough medical records are important to document the extent of your injuries and the medical treatment received. Keep records of all medical appointments, including dates, times, and healthcare provider information. Document any approvals for medical care and related expenses, such as mileage, meals, and lodging.

Types of Evidence Needed

Various types of evidence can support your claim, including:

Personal Story: Provide a detailed account of the incident, including the events leading up to the injury and any contributing factors.

Witness Statements: Gather statements from co-workers or other witnesses who observed the accident or unsafe conditions.

Documentation of Defective Equipment: If defective equipment or products contributed to the injury, preserve evidence and discuss its protection with your attorney.

Photographs and Video: Gather visual evidence of the accident scene, injuries sustained, and any relevant equipment or hazards.

Medical Reports: Medical records documenting the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of your injuries are critical in proving the severity and impact of the workplace incident.

Filing Your Claim

Promptly report the injury to your employer and submit your workers' compensation claim electronically to the Iowa Division of Workers' Compensation (IDWC). Provide detailed information about the accident, including dates, locations, and circumstances, to avoid unnecessary delays in processing your claim.

Working with a Workers' Compensation Lawyer

Choosing the right Iowa workers comp attorney is paramount to your case's success. Prioritize attorneys with proven experience and seek references to gauge their effectiveness. While your attorney will handle the bulk of responsibilities, remain actively involved.

The Iowa workers’ comp attorney team at Walker, Billingsley & Bair works hard to level the field between injured Iowans and insurance companies. If you need immediate legal assistance contact Walker, Billingsley & Bair, call 641-792-3595, or use our LiveChat feature by clicking here 24 hours a day/7 days per week. You can also order our FREE book for Iowa accident victims; The Legal Insider’s Guide to Iowa Car Accidents: 7 Secrets to Not Wreck Your Case.

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