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Always report work-related injuries — even seemingly minor ones

Iowa residents would probably not think twice about reporting a major on-the-job accident. However, they might not even think about reporting minor ones, which could end up being a mistake. It is always better to report work-related injuries even if they seem like no big deal since workers may be denied workers’ compensation benefits because they failed to report the injury in a timely manner.

What may seem like a minor injury at first could quickly progress into a major health issue. The full extent of many injuries may not be evident for days or weeks after the initial incident. Meeting the reporting requirement is the first step in preserving the right to benefits.

It may seem like overkill to go see a doctor, but as mentioned above, an individual may not exhibit symptoms right away. It would be advantageous to start a medical and paper trail as soon after the accident as possible preserves the right to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. If you go ahead and file a claim even that doctor visit should be covered, along with any lost wages you may experience if you end up not being able to work for a while.

Iowa workers should never give up their right to workers’ compensation benefits just because they do not believe work-related injuries are not “serious enough” to file a claim. It is always better to err on the side of caution. Individuals who need assistance navigating the claim process should not hesitate to seek out the help of an attorney experienced in this area of law in order to help ensure the receipt of all applicable benefits.