Compensation for Permanent Disability
Under Iowa law, if you are injured in a work related accident and suffer a permanent disability, you have a right to receive disability benefits. A permanent disability may relate to either an injury or an occupational disease.
At the Trevino Law Offices in Fort Dodge, Iowa, we have helped many Iowa workers receive compensation for work related injuries. Our attorney, Tito Trevino, is a passionate advocate for the rights of injured workers. He has been handling workers' compensation claims on behalf of workers since 1974.
If you need to speak with an Iowa workers' compensation lawyer about your right to receive benefits for a permanent disability or occupational disease, contact the Trevino Law Offices today at 888.325.8507.
How Much Will You Receive?
The amount of benefits (monetary compensation) you will receive depends on the body part that is injured, the degree to which it is impaired and how it affects your ability to work. Your injury may be a permanent partial disability or a permanent total disability. A permanent partial disability limits your ability to return to your job. A permanent total disability completely limits your ability to maintain any gainful employment.
If you have a permanent partial disability, your compensation will be determined by the part of the body injured such as a leg or knee injury or injury to your hands or arms. If your injury involves the back or spine, your hips or shoulders or head then benefits are based on the affect of the injury on your capacity to work in the future. This is called "industrial disability" which is a form of permanent partial disability. For injuries that completely disable you from employment, you may be entitled to a permanent total disability benefits, i.e. for the rest of your life. Workers' compensation is a technical field of practice. Lawyers who practice workers' compensation law do not charge to answer your questions. It is only after a determination has been made that you have not been fully compensated that a lawyer will talk to you about attorney fees and the likelihood of success in your case. Whether you choose to proceed with a workers' compensation action is completely up to you.
More severe injuries may include:
- Back injuries
- Spine injuries
- Neck injuries
- Brain damage
- Psychological impairment
- Occupational diseases
If you have been injured in a work related accident, contacting an attorney is the first step to protecting your rights. Prompt action on your part is necessary because Iowa law requires employees (or their attorney) to notify an employer of any work related injury within 90 days of the discovery of the injury.
Contact the Trevino Law Offices
If you need a workers' compensation attorney who will fight for your right to fair treatment and compensation, contact the Trevino Law Offices today at 888.325.8507. Feel free to contact us by e-mail as well.