Answering Your Workers’ Compensation Questions

At Ballard Law Firm, our attorneys are regarded throughout the state for their abilities to get results for injured workers. We are highly experienced in workers’ compensation claims, and we care about each client we serve. In our years serving Iowa workers, we have seen it all and worked with employees and all types of industries.

Some of the most common questions we receive upfront include:

Can I sue my employer for my injuries?

Federal laws prohibit employees from suing their employer for injuries that occurred on the job. It doesn’t matter if the accident was the worker’s fault, the employer’s fault or the fault of anyone who worked at the company. All workplace injury compensation is handled by the workers’ compensation process.

How do I file for workers’ compensation?

There is a specific process by which you submit a workers’ compensation claim. This includes obtaining a medical evaluation and documentation of your injury. A skilled attorney can help you submit a claim that is designed for the best possible outcome and ensures that you recover the full amount of compensation you are owed.

How much of my medical bills will workers’ compensation cover?

Workers’ compensation is to fully compensate you for the value of your claim. This means you should be paid the full amount of money it cost to seek medical treatment and rehabilitation.

This is often the primary sticking point in the workers’ compensation process. Employees can be paid far less than they deserve if they do not complete the process correctly or make a mistake on their claim. This is why it is so important to work with a lawyer and make sure that your claim is completed and submitted correctly so that you recover all you are owed.

Will workers’ compensation cover my lost wages while I’m out of work?

You should be compensated for the time you lost at work, unable to do your job because of your injury.

What if I’m hurt on the job, and my employer or co-worker didn’t cause it?

Sometimes on-the-job accidents and injuries are caused by someone other than the employer or employee. This could include a third party vendor who acted negligently or recklessly, or a car accident that occurred while you were driving for work.

Our firm also represents workers in seeking compensation from third parties who contributed to your injury. These claims are handled outside and independent of the workers’ compensation process and will not affect its outcome.


To reach out and schedule a free initial consultation to discuss a personal or work injury or nursing home negligence, call James Ballard at 515-221-2521 or Contact Us.