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Worker's Compensation Newsletter: COVID-19 Impact on Workers' Compensation Benefits

Dear Workers’ Compensation Clients: We have been receiving questions about COVID-19 and its impact on an employee’s eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits in Iowa. The following is meant to provide you with some guidance as you navigate this uncertain time. Of course, this is a situation that is rapidly changing...

We have been receiving questions about COVID-19 and its impact on an employee’s eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits in Iowa. The following is meant to provide you with some guidance as you navigate this uncertain time. Of course, this is a situation that is rapidly changing with new laws and issues being brought up every day. Every case is unique, so please do not hesitate to contact any of our attorneys with questions you have regarding this or any other workers’ compensation issue.

We believe that in Iowa, an employee will be deemed as having sustained an injury arising out of and in the course of employment if they can prove that they contracted the disease from a work exposure. The key issue for you is whether the employee was actually exposed at...
If an employee does not want to go to the employer-authorized physician to treat their work injury for fear of contracting COVID-19, can you force them to go? What are your options? We believe the answer to this question depends on a number of factors. If the doctor’s appointment is...
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