Set out below are the questions I get asked most frequently about work comp and my answers. I am setting out a lot of questions and giving general answers. However, the details do matter in Iowa work comp law so you should follow up with a lawyer to figure out how the law applies to your exact situation:
- What is workers’ compensation? Workers’ compensation is a statutory system to provide medical care and cash money for employees that are injured on the job.
- Does workers’ compensation cover pre-existing problems? Iowa workers’ compensation does not cover pre-existing problems unless the work aggravates or worsens the pre-existing problem. For example, many people have pre-existing back problems but are able to do their job. If the employment ends up aggravating your back condition, then you are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits.