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Fire fighters can take steps to limit occupational diseases

Fire fighters do not have the option of picking and choosing the calls they respond to, whether here in Iowa or elsewhere. When they receive a call, they go and heroically put their lives in jeopardy to save others. They can see many of the risks they face but not all of them. Some fire fighters end up suffering from occupational diseases from exposure to chemicals and substances they cannot see.

With work-related injuries, can I get a workers' comp settlement?

When an Iowa worker suffers workplace injuries, workers' compensation benefits can help them with their medical expenses, lost wages and more. These injuries can happen in any kind of job and have a negative effect of the person's life for an extended period. While workers who have been injured will want to maximize their benefits, there are cases in which there might be a disagreement as to the extent of the injuries, how much treatment the person needs and how long they will be off the job. In such instances, a settlement may be a wise step.

Farm-related injuries are significantly underreported

Previously on this blog we discussed how those who have been injured while carrying out farm-related work may qualify for workers' compensation benefits. These benefits can be crucial to injured workers, regardless of their occupation, given that the funds provided can be used to offset lost wages, medical expenses, and rehabilitation costs. While that sort of protection can serve as a financial lifesaver to some, these benefits are not automatically handed out. Instead, injured workers need to take certain steps, including filing a formal claim. But before they even get to that point they need to report their injuries to their employer.

State cited for safety violations at psychiatric hospitals

There are a number of dangerous professions here in Iowa. Many of the workers in these occupations could suffer an injury that could drastically affect their lives. A workplace injury can result in extensive medical expenses at a time when an individual is unable to earn a paycheck. These lost wages can exacerbate one's financial troubles, leaving them on unsteady footing.

Animal processing workers susceptible to workplace injuries

It almost goes without saying that the agricultural industry is at the heart of Iowa's economy. Politicians and other public figures often praise Iowa's farmers, shedding light on the important work they perform. Yet, something that is kept more in the dark is the danger that is often seen by those who work in this industry.

Initial workers' compensation claims require diligence

No profession in Iowa is safe from workplace dangers. Some jobs, of course, pose more threats than others, but even those who normally work behind a desk can end up suffering on-the-job injuries. The harm caused in a workplace accident can run the spectrum of severity, too. Some individuals are able to return to work quickly, thereby incurring minimal losses. Others, though, face harm that is debilitating or fatal. Regardless of the circumstances, workers' compensation benefits may be available to help these individuals secure the financial resources they need to acquire appropriate medical treatment and recoup their lost wages.

Firefighters may be at increased risk of occupational disease

There are many noble professions. Firefighter is certainly amongst them. While this occupation is noble, it is also dangerous. These brave men and women put their lives on the line on a daily basis to help keep Iowans safe. Sadly, even if they are able to survive each individual fire unscathed, these firefighters' exposure to airborne chemicals oftentimes causes them to develop occupational diseases such as cancer.

Construction accident leaves Iowa worker dead

Construction is a dangerous industry. Workers in this field are at risk of being struck by moving vehicles and falling objects. They themselves can fall from scaffolding or rooftops, and operating machinery can lead to repetitive motion injuries as well as pinching and crushing injuries. Some workers who are injured on the job are lucky enough to obtain a full recovery, but they still face financial hardship while they are out of work thanks to lost wages and medical expenses. While workers' compensation benefits may be available to these individuals, what about those surviving family members who lose a loved one in a workplace accident?

Timing issues related to workers' compensation claims

Pursuing a workers' compensation claim in Iowa may seem straightforward on its face. It may appear that an injured worker merely needs to show that he or she was hurt on the job and cannot currently perform his or her job duties. While this may be an accurate portrayal of the big picture of a workers' compensation claim, the matter is fraught with details that can lead to legal complications. Therefore, those who have been injured in a workplace accident need to make sure they have a full understanding of the claims process before proceeding with a claim.

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