Yesterday, new Iowa workers’ compensation legislation was passed, which will go into effect July 1st. House File 518, was signed into law by Governor Branstad ringing in broad changes to the state’s workers’ compensation system affecting Iowans injured on the job.
Business groups support the changes saying it will help lower their costs and keep them more competitve with surrounding states. As one supporter put it, “Iowa manufacturers, trucking companies, are at a disadvantage to our neighbors…this legislation is long past due.”
Opponents to the law believe injured workers will pay the price. The law revamps standards for hurt workers, including reductions to shoulder injury benefits and decreased coverage for injuries tied to pre-existing conditions among other changes.
In light of the recent revisions to the law, if you are injured on the job, it is important to work with an experienced Iowa workers’ compensation attorney to determine the best course of action to get the benefits you need. Contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyers of Stoltze & Stoltze PLC for answers to your questions regarding how the new law will affect you if you are injured.