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Workers' Compensation

Sometimes people get injured while working. If you experience an injury related to your work, tell your employer about your injury right away. You may be eligible for workers’ compensation.

The Division of Workers' Compensation oversees workers' compensation in Iowa. When an injured worker receives workers compensation payments, the payments come from either the employer or the employer's workers compensation insurance company, depending on the circumstances.

Who is covered by workers’ compensation?

Most employees are covered for work-related injuries, but the Iowa Code does list certain types of employees that employers don’t have to cover.

For information on workers' compensation for federal workers, visit the Department of Labor's Workers' Compensation page

What types of benefits are available through workers' compensation?

Workers’ compensation benefits can include:

How much will I get in benefits?

How much an injured worker gets and for how long depends on the specific injury. For more information on weekly workers' compensation benefits, visit:

What happens if my claim is contested?

Your employer or the insurance provider might disagree with your workers' compensation claim. If you can't come to an agreement on your workers' compensation claim, the Division of Workers' Compensation will hear your case.

Iowa Laws on Workers' Compensation

Iowa Code:

Chapter 85: Workers' Compensation

          Chapter 85A: Occupational Disease Compensation

          Chapter 85B: Occupational Hearing Loss

          Chapter 87: Workers’ Compensation or Employers’ Liability Insurance

Chapter 10A, Subchapter III, sections 10A.302–10A.333: Workers' Compensation

Iowa Administrative Code:

Workers’ Compensation Division (876)

Ask a Law Librarian

Each year the Division of Workers’ Compensation publishes a Questions and Answers brochure about workers' compensation. Click on the image below to access the brochure effective July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024.

Image from the Workers' Compensation Law for Injured Workers Questions and Answers brochure

Iowa Division of Workers' Compensation FAQ Pages


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