Before we discuss some of the common injuries and serious conditions that can result from a work-related injury, it is important to understand one thing. You are eligible for workers’ compensation if you suffer any injury in a work-related accident. You do not have to suffer one of the conditions listed below. However, the injuries and conditions described below do often happen at work; therefore, it is important to understand how they happen and what you should do if you, or a loved one, suffer an injury.
Eight Injuries You May Suffer at Work
Depending on your job responsibilities, the industry you work in, and other factors you may be at risk of suffering:
- The loss of a limb, finger, or toe. Iowa workers’ compensation allows you to recover for all of your medical expenses and weekly benefits for a specific amount of time based on the specific limb, finger, or toe that you lost in a work-related accident.
- Hearing loss. Hearing loss may develop suddenly as the result of an explosion or accident, or it may come on gradually if you are exposed to loud sounds at work. Either way, you may be able to have your medical care paid for directly and you may be able to recover weekly benefits according to the schedule set forth in Iowa law.
- Vision loss or an eye injury. Approximately 2,000 people a day suffer a vision or eye related injury at work in the United States. These injuries happen for a variety of reasons, but often include something getting into the eye. As with hearing loss, you have the right to have your medical care paid for and you have the right to recover weekly benefits as set forth in Iowa law if you have suffered a work-related vision or eye injury.
- A back or neck injury. Force, repetitive motions, and inactivity can all cause serious back and neck injuries. These risks occur in a wide variety of industries and often occur over time as a worker repeats the same work-related activities repeatedly. In order to recover workers’ compensation benefits, you will need to prove that your back or neck injury occurred because of your work-related activities.
- A broken bone. A fall or another type of accident can result in a broken bone. The treatment and the amount of time that you are out of work may vary depending on the bone that you broke, the way that it broke, and your overall health. However, if you suffered the break while doing a work-related activity, then you may be able to recover workers’ compensation benefits.
- Skin problems. Infection, skin cancer, and burns are some of the risks that you could face at work. If you suffer any of these skin conditions—or any other—because of a work-related activity, then you may be able to recover workers’ compensation benefits in Iowa.
- A brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries often occur because of serious and sudden accidents. If you were performing a work-related activity and you suffered a brain injury in fall, motor vehicle crash, or other type of accident, then you may be compensated through your employer’s workers’ compensation insurer.
- Death. Dependent children and spouses may recover workers’ compensation benefits when their spouse or parent dies from a work-related injury. However, these benefits may not be payable forever; it is important to know how long you can receive benefits and how to protect your fair recovery after your tragic loss.
In order to make a workers’ compensation recovery after the death of your loved one or after your own injury you do not have to prove that your employer was negligent.
But You Do Need to Take Action
While Iowa workers’ compensation law does not require you to prove negligence, your recovery will not be automatic. Instead, you have to:
- Report your injury to your employer.
- Seek medical care that is approved by your employer.
- Be aware of your rights and the value of your fair recovery.
- Be ready to fight, with the help of an Iowa workers’ compensation lawyer, for your fair recovery.
You shouldn’t have to pay for the injuries that you suffered on the job. However, if you fail to take action then that is what will happen to you. Instead of being stuck with medical bills and letting your other bills pile up while you are out of work because of your injury, please contact us today to discuss your rights.
Contact us online or call us directly at 800.800.5678 for a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation. We want to help you get the workers’ compensation recovery that you deserve.