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Iowa Workers’ Compensation Appeals Lawyers

If your initial Iowa workers’ compensation claim was denied by your employer’s insurance company, don’t panic. Filing a successful initial claim requires a variety of reports and records and the insurance companies can be sticklers for precise details. A significant number of initial claims are denied because of technicalities. Other common reasons for appeal relate to pre-existing conditions you may have on your record.

In the event your claim was denied for a specific reason having to do with the nature of your workplace accident or work-related injury, you have several levels of appeals options available to you.

We Don’t Represent Workers’ Comp Insurance Companies — Only Workers

Your first step in the appeals process should be to bring your denial notification paperwork to a qualified workers’ compensation law firm. In Des Moines, you can trust Carter Law Offices, P.C., to work aggressively on your behalf. We have been on the side of injured workers in Iowa for more than 25 years. We are proud of our record of helping injured workers and their families through every level of the appeals process, including trial, when necessary.

First Level Of Appeal

Our first step will be to review your initial application and gather all necessary records, reports and medical information required by the insurance provider. We then re-submit your claim to the insurance carrier. In many cases, having one of our experienced attorneys negotiating on your behalf is enough to push your claim toward approval and settlement.

Second Level Of Appeal

If the insurance provider again denies or reduces your claim, we take your claim to hearing, where we fight aggressively to win an arbitration award with the Iowa Deputy Workers’ Compensation Commissioner.

Third Level Of Appeal

If the arbitration does not go in your favor, you have the option of filing an Appeal with the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner, in which specific arguments are presented regarding why the Deputy Commissioner missed a specific legal point that affected the decision. The Appeal will be restricted to reviewing a specific part of the decision, in order to correct the oversight or error made during the decision process.

Fourth Level Of Appeal

If necessary, the final level of appeal is to petition for a hearing with the District Court for the State of Iowa, which can review all aspects of the case and overrule the original hearing decision.

Learn more about why you need a lawyer for your workers’ compensation claim.

What If My Claim Is Denied? Contact Us!

Do not take your initial denied claim as the final word. Call 402-979-8675 or 515-644-4871 or complete the email contact form to request a return phone call to schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers as soon as possible.