Iowa workers’ compensation benefits may be reduced if proposed legislation succeeds. Two proposed bills seek to end worker benefits at age 67, reduce benefits for injuries linked to preexisting injuries, and minimize late fees for employers who fail to pay benefits on time. Additionally, the bill proposes to put caps on legal fees for those seeking help from their attorneys with denied claims.
At a public hearing held last week, speakers were split on the proposed changes to Iowa workers’ compensation law. Proponents, many representing Iowa businesses, spoke to the burden of increasing premiums and abuses of the system. Some expressed concerns that more of their employees were seeking legal help to get their workers’ compensation benefits paid driving up their costs.
Opponents to the proposed changes believe that vulnerable injured workers will suffer if the bills pass. Under workers’ compensation, Iowa workers already give up their rights to sue their company for negligence when accidents happen at work in exchange for medical benefits and wage replacement. Asking workers to give up what many feel are already inadequate benefits have many concerned that Iowa workers will pay the price.
If you have been injured at work and are having trouble getting your workers’ compensation benefits paid, contact the Law Offices of McDonald, Woodward & Carlson PC for assistance today. We have helped many injured Iowans get the benefits they are entitled to when they are injured on the job.