Last Updated: 4/27/2023

Iowa law generally requires a person to be considered an employee to be covered under workers' compensation, however, there are some exceptions.  For example, Iowa Code §85.36(9)(a) provides compensation to volunteer fire fighters, emergency personnel, reserve police officers, ambulance drivers and other volunteer medical personnel.  The compensation includes medical care, medical mileage, money while they are off work healing from their injuries, and compensation for permanent injuries.  The amount of wages that are used to determine compensation as one of these types of volunteers is set at either the pay they receive at their regular job or 140% of the statewide average weekly wage (usually around $1,100 gross), whichever is more. 

Are There Other Volunteer Jobs that are Covered?

There can be other situations where a volunteer should receive Iowa workers' compensation benefits, but much of it depends upon the facts.  For example, students participating in a work study type program are usually considered employees.  Elected and appointed officials like a mayor or city council persons are employees.  Inmates who are working at a prison or outside of a prison at a public or charitable facility are usually considered employees of the state.  However, keep in mind that there are different wage laws for these types of volunteers compared to medical personnel described above. 

What Should I Do if I Am Injured While in a Volunteer Position?

If you or a loved one were working as a volunteer and believe that you should receive workers' compensation benefits then you should call a qualified work injury attorney right away.  We offer a review of Iowa work injuries at no cost or risk to you, so call now to see if we can help.

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