Shoulder injures are one of the most common injuries in jobs that involve lifting and repetitive motion found in construction, manufacturing, agriculture and even healthcare industries. Shoulder injuries and illnesses caused workers to miss a median of 26 days of work, more than any other body part.
Iowa Workers’ Compensation for Shoulder Injuries
Iowa’s current workers’ compensation law treats shoulder injuries as full body injuries, which factor in not only the level of shoulder impairment, but also looks at the employee’s age, education and experience when determining benefits. Because the shoulder is susceptible to injury and takes longer to heal, workers often need workers’ compensation to cover medical bills and lost wages for a longer period of time.
Unfortunately, Iowa workers’ compensation law is changing July 1st, 2017, which will mean shoulder injures on or after that date will be treated as scheduled injuries, with reduced benefits to employees. Compensation will be based strictly on a person’s shoulder’s disability rating rather than accounting for factors included in the whole body approach.
Because shoulder injuries are often debilitating over a longer term or indefinitely, many workers who injure their shoulder may now be forced to seek alternative employment to make ends meet with the decreased workers compensation benefits. In answer to this, the new legislation requires companies to pay up to $15,000 per injured worker to attend community college to retrain for other employment in exchange for decreased payouts.
Contact a Des Moines Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
If you have been injured on the job, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation law offices of Stoltze & Stoltze, PLC for assistance with your initial workers’ compensation claim or a denial of workers’ compensation benefits. The actions you take following a workplace injury can significantly impact your eligibility for benefits – we can provide you with answers to your questions regarding what steps to take after a workplace accident or help you to obtain the benefits you need for injuries or illnesses resulting from performing your job. Email or call our offices today at 515-244-1473.