The Workers' Compensation Process

When you are hurt at work, you simply want to recover and get back to being healthy as soon as possible. If you are having issues with the workers' compensation process, that can slow down your recovery and add a lot of unnecessary frustration for you and your family.

Our lawyers at Galligan Reid PC understand the difficulties in filing a work comp claim and how confusing the entire process can be. We have helped numerous clients through each step and can help you as well. Contact our office to speak with an experienced Des Moines lawyer regarding your rights to compensation after a workplace injury.

What Steps Need to Be Taken First After a Work Injury?

The first step after any work injury is to seek medical assistance immediately. Do your best to keep good records of what treatments you obtain and how much they cost. They will come in useful down the road if anything is contested by your employer or the insurance company.

The next step is to report the injury to your employer. This step is critical because a timeline must be followed. In Iowa, if you do not report your accident within 90 days, you will most likely be denied benefits. Your employer should have paperwork on hand for you to fill out. If you ever have questions about this process, you should consult with an experienced attorney immediately.

If nothing is contested by your employer or the insurance company, your claim could go through fine. Many times, however, employers do not want their rates to increase drastically, so they will attempt to contest a claim. This is when a lawyer is a necessity. If your claim is being contested or has been denied, we can assist you.

Can I Be Fired for Reporting a Work Injury in Iowa?

No. Employers are not allowed to terminate employees for reporting a work injury. If your employer has fired you because of a workplace accident, you may have rights above and beyond workers' compensation that need to be protected.

It is best to speak with a lawyer regarding the specific circumstances of your case to establish a plan moving forward. We will analyze the facts of your claim and give you the guidance you need to make sound decisions regarding your future.

Get Help on How to File a Workers' Comp Claim in Iowa

Our attorneys are ready to assist you through the entire workers' compensation process. Give us a call at 800-217-9312 to get your case moving in the right direction today.