Under Iowa workers’ compensation law a worker can receive substantially more benefits for injuries to certain body parts if the worker also had a prior injury to a different body part. These types of cases are called Second Injury Fund claims. The law relating to the Second Injury Fund of Iowa is set out in Iowa Code Sections 85.63 to 85.69. The requirements for a worker to receive a Second Injury Fund award are as follows:
- The worker must have a work injury that results in permanent disability to one of his hands, arms, feet, legs or eyes.
- The worker must have suffered an earlier permanent loss to one of those same body parts. The earlier loss does not have to be related to a work injury.