If you have been injured at work it may impact your ability to perform your duties. If you feel that your injuries are work-related, you must inform your employer promptly to safeguard your entitlement to workers’ compensation benefits. In fact, you are required to notify your employer within 90 days of an injury occurrence or you may be denied benefits altogether.
The 90-day period begins when you knew or should have known that your injurious condition related to your work. After you report your work-related injury to your employer, the employer is required to file a first report of injury if the employee (A) loses more than three days of work, (B) sustains permanent injury or (C) is killed on account of the injury. The employer or its workers’ compensation insurance carrier must file the initial report within four calendar days of notice or knowledge of the alleged injury with the Workers’ Compensation Commissioner.
A two-year statute of limitation applies to file an application of arbitration dating back to your alleged injury. You must either be receiving Iowa weekly workers’ compensation benefits or file an application for arbitration in that two year time frame or your benefits may be denied. If you have been receiving a weekly benefit, you have three years from your last payment to receive additional voluntary benefits or file a contested case proceeding to receive medical benefits reasonable and necessary to treat your injury.