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It Doesn’t Matter If a Work Related Injury Was Your Fault

On Behalf of | Jun 30, 2017 | Personal Injury, Worker's Compensation

At Telpner Peterson Law Firm, LLP, our workers’ compensation lawyers only represent injured people.  We do not represent employers or their worker’s compensation insurance carrier.


Not infrequently we have clients in our office for reasons other than worker’s compensation consultation, only to discover that they also have a valid worker’s compensation claim.  One of the most common scenarios is a person who has been involved in a work related motor vehicle accident, but the accident was the worker’s fault.  Under Iowa law, an injured worker needs to establish that the injury took place in the course of and scope of the employment.  The fact that the worker caused the accident or that the worker got fired for causing the accident does not defeat a valid worker’s compensation claim.  While an employee who is injured while doing something clearly beyond the reasonable scope of his/her required tasks would be grounds for denying a claim, the fact that the employee was at fault does not defeat entitlement to worker’s compensation benefits.  These benefits include reasonable medical care, weekly cash benefits while healing, and permanency benefits if the injury results in less than a full recovery.

There are far too many issues and confusing regulations for an injured worker to be expected to understand and/or take advantage of all potential benefits.  Each and every claim has its own peculiarities.  Insurance companies will not necessarily provide all the benefits you are entitled to.  If you have questions with any of these issues, or others, we provide free consultation.

If you or someone you know has been injured at work and you would like to discuss your case with an attorney, please contact Walt Thomas at Telpner Peterson Law Firm, LLP today at 712-309-3738.