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Mistakes to Avoid After a Work-Related Injury or Illness in Iowa

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Your fair recovery of workers’ compensation benefits depends on your employer, your employer’s insurance company, and the doctors hired by your lawyer to treat you. While some of your recovery is out of your control, there are things that you can do to help protect your fair recovery.

That Starts With Recognizing Common Mistakes

In order to get the workers’ compensation benefits that you deserve, it is important to avoid mistakes that could impact your recovery. For example, it is important not to:

  1. Fail to report your injury. You have a limited amount of time to report a work-related injury. While the law provides you with 90 days, it is often important to report the injury sooner so that you can begin getting the medical attention that you need and the worker’s compensation benefits that you deserve.
  2. Choose your own doctor. You may want to see your own doctor, but workers’ compensation law requires you to see the doctor your employer chooses for you if you want your medical care to be paid for by workers’ compensation insurance.
  3. Fail to see the doctor assigned to your case. It is important to keep all scheduled medical appointments with the doctor or doctors assigned to your case.
  4. Fail to comply with medical advice. You need to follow the medical advice provided by your doctor. If you have questions about that advice, then you should speak to your attorney about your options.
  5. Return to work too soon. You may be required to return to work, with or without restrictions, after a work injury. It is important to accept all suitable work opportunities.
  6. Fight directly with your employer. There is no benefit to fighting with your employer. Instead, if you have a dispute, then the workers’ compensation system provides ways for you to resolve that dispute.

In addition to avoiding these six mistakes, it is important to be proactive in protecting your rights. Take the time to talk to an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer and to learn other tips and resources for protecting your workers’ compensation claim. Our lawyers would be pleased to provide you with a free consultation about your rights and potential recovery. Please contact us via this website or by phone any time—24/7/365—to schedule a free consultation.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham

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