Tips For An Injury Free Summer

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Memorial Day has come and gone again in Iowa. For most of us we like to think that Memorial Day is the unofficial kick-off of summer, even though summer doesn’t officially start until June 21st. During this time, a lot of us start heading to the lakes, grill out at parks, and start yard work. With these events brings the dreaded risks of injuries. Sometimes the fun gets cut short, or becomes restricted with injuries. At Carpenter Law Firm in Des Moines, Iowa, we want you to get the most out of the summer and if you follow our tips, we’ll be sure that you will have a fun and safe summer. Continue reading Tips For An Injury Free Summer

How To Report A Slip and Fall

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Studies show that 60% of all falls are related to a slipping or tripping incident. The likely causes of these falls could be from a foreign object on the walking surface, a design flaw in the walking surface, or a slippery surface caused by weather or a spill. When a person falls they often try to walk it off hoping that no one saw what happened. Even if they are able to get up from a slip and fall, they may have suffered a serious injury. Sometimes it’s too embarrassing to report so they keep it to themselves. They may hold back from reporting the problem because they left the scene right away due to the state of their injury. Continue reading How To Report A Slip and Fall

Common Causes of Workplace Injuries

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No matter the size of the company, workplace injuries are bound to happen eventually. Whether it’s through repetitive motions, or something more serious like falling off of a ladder, these are instances where Pat Carpenter’s expertise in workers compensation could help you. Everyday there are threats in the workplace that could harm us, such as… Continue reading Common Causes of Workplace Injuries

Will Work Comp Payments Affect My Social Security Disability Benefits?

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In a recent blog post, I explained how Iowa utilizes the “80% rule” to determine the maximum amount of money an individual can receive via disability benefits. In short, an employee is entitled to up to 80% of their regular weekly wages when they are hurt and miss work. This is not the only application of the 80% rule in Iowa work comp law, however. We also see this principle utilized in the relationship between social security disability benefits and workers’ compensation disability benefits. Continue reading Will Work Comp Payments Affect My Social Security Disability Benefits?

Iowa Workers’ Compensation Payment Limits

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In general, Iowa workers’ compensation law dictates that disability benefits can amount to 80% of an individual’s regular weekly spendable earnings (gross income minus payroll taxes). I say “generally” because there are stipulations and limits to this rule, which we’ll discuss in a moment. As you may know, disability benefits are separate from medical benefits in Iowa work comp law. Medical benefits include full or partial payment of medical expenses, as well as mileage payments for transportation costs. Disability benefits, on the other hand, help you stay afloat while you recover from a work injury by replacing your normal stream of income. While receiving 80% of your regular income may seem like a significant decrease, the difference is often negligible because disability benefits aren’t subject to taxation. Continue reading Iowa Workers’ Compensation Payment Limits