In Iowa, you have the right to:
- Consult with an attorney without fear of discharge or discrimination.
- Receive reasonable medical treatment as dictated by your injury. The employer’s obligation to furnish medical treatment also allows the employer to select the medical providers who will treat the injury. If reasonable or adequate medical treatment is not being provided by the employer, the employee may seek alternative medical care so long as certain rules and procedures are followed in accordance with the law.
- Receive disability benefits if an injury precludes you from working, or restrictions on your work cannot be accommodated by your employer. The amount of weekly benefits is determined by the amount of your earnings at the time of the injury.
- Receive additional compensation if your injury results in permanent damage or impairment. The amount will depend upon the part of the body injured, the degree of the injury, and its impact of your ability to perform your duties. If an injury causes you to change jobs, make less money, or make you completely disabled, you might be able to recover additional benefits as long as the proper procedures have been followed.
The most important step you can take at the onset of a situation to ensure compensation is to contact an attorney.