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Frequently Asked Questions About Workers’ Compensation In Iowa

Workers’ compensation claims can be more complicated than most people realize. At Johnson, Mulholland, Cochrane, Cochrane, Yung & Engler, P.L.C., we work to keep our clients informed about their claim. Here, we answer some of the questions we receive the most.

Can I be fired for making a workers’ compensation claim in Iowa?

It is against the law to terminate an employee solely because they filed a workers’ compensation claim. You have a right to obtain those benefits if you have suffered an on-the-job injury. You can still be fired for reasons unrelated to your workers’ comp claim, such as violating company policies.

Can I choose my own workers’ compensation doctor in Iowa?

Unlike in some other states, injured workers in Iowa must go to a treating physician that has been authorized by their employer rather than to a doctor of their own choosing. If you are not satisfied with the care provided by the doctor your employer chooses, an attorney can help you file a petition to receive alternative care.

Can I change jobs or quit while my workers’ compensation claim is open?

Technically, yes – but you should only do so after consultation with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney so that you fully understand the potential consequences. Depending on the situation, workers’ comp could still pay your medical benefits, but you may lose your wage replacement benefits or see them reduced.

What happens to my medical bills if my workers’ compensation claim is denied?

If your workers’ compensation claim is denied, your medical bills would then go to your regular health insurance company for payment. They cannot refuse coverage simply because your treatment was related to a work injury.

Can I be forced back to work before I am ready?

Since Iowa workers’ comp doctors are chosen by the employers, many of those physicians tend to be “employer-biased.” They may try to push a worker to return to work despite pain and significant limitations, and it takes an experienced advocate to prevent this.

Have Other Questions? Call Us For Answers.

Since 1950, the attorneys at Johnson, Mulholland, Cochrane, Cochrane, Yung & Engler, P.L.C., have been skillfully advocating for our clients injured on the job in Fort Dodge and the surrounding area. We get results both at the negotiation table and in court. To schedule a free consultation, call 515-639-3124 or use our online form.