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Does workman’s comp cover heat exhaustion and heat stroke?

Yes, workman’s comp covers heat exhaustion or heat stroke if you suffer the condition during the scope of your employment. Workers may also bring third-party claims against third parties that are liable for their injuries.  For instance, a worker who suffered heat stroke because of defective equipment in a boiler room can possibly bring a third-party claim against the manufacturer of the defective equipment.  But keep in mind that filing a workers’ comp and third-party liability claim can create complex legal situations. Des Moines workers who have suffered injuries as a result of heat exhaustion or heat stroke in the workplace can discuss the specifics of their cases with an attorney.  What benefits may a worker who suffered heat stroke recover?  Workers’ compensation in Iowa ... Read More »

Can you fight a workers’ compensation claim in Iowa?

Many workers’ compensation claims are denied in Iowa each year, so if you have been denied you are not alone. Claims are denied for a number of reasons. The employer may argue that the injury did not occur at work, the condition is not work-related, or that the damages the victim seeks are beyond what is acceptable.  But that does not mean you have to accept that decision. If you feel you have been unjustly denied benefits, you can fight a work comp claim in Iowa.  What should I do if my employer is denying my claim?  If denied workers’ compensation and fighting the denial, one needs proof of entitlement to benefits. Contact all witnesses to the event and get a hold of all relevant ... Read More »

Thyroid Problems: Is it making you call off work?

According to the American Thyroid Association, 12 percent of Americans will develop a thyroid problem during their lifetime. Meanwhile, a recent Danish study looked at missed days from work and disability among workers who have hypo- and hyperthyroidism compared to those without these thyroid problems. They found that those who have a thyroid condition are more likely to miss work and be on disability.  Types of Thyroid Conditions  Thyroid conditions fall into two basic camps, underactive (hypothyroidism) and overactive (hyperthyroidism).  An underactive thyroid doesn’t produce enough hormones and symptoms include:  weight gain;  fatigue; and muscle weakness.  Treatment with a synthetic hormone may reduce symptoms and allows sufferers to live normal lives.  Hyperthyroidism is an overactive thyroid that produces too much of the hormone thyroxin, causing ... Read More »

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