Esteemed Waterloo Lawyers Advocate for You in the Iowa Judicial Review of Your Workers’ Comp Claim

Overcoming obstacles for denied claims for more than 60 years

Since 1951, the lawyers at Gallagher, Langlas & Gallaher, P.C. have vigorously advocated for workers who were denied workers’ compensation, unemployment or health insurance benefits. We understand that your physical, occupational and financial stability is at stake, and the foremost goal of our experienced attorneys is to partner with you to resolve your legal challenges so that you and your family can be secure. We are not afraid to fight for your rights.

What is judicial review, and how does the process work?

Under Iowa law, if your workers’ compensation claim has been denied, you have the right to appeal denial decisions through the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commission. In the event that the commission’s decision isn’t favorable to you, we can help you petition the Iowa District Court for judicial review of the matter. In the case of judicial review, the court reviews the findings of the commission and renders a decision in accordance with Iowa law relevant to workers’ compensation matters. If the district court’s ruling is not in your favor, you have the right to appeal. If the court of appeals doesn’t help you, you can go all the way up to the Iowa Supreme Court if necessary. The knowledgeable and skilled attorneys at our personal injury law firm work with you in navigating the process. We help you understand each step and help you determine your best options.

How long do I have to file a petition for judicial review?

You have 30 days after the denial decision by the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commission, which is a final agency decision, to file a petition with the Iowa district court for review of the commission’s findings. Our Waterloo attorneys have decades of experience in assisting clients with petitions for judicial review and representing our clients’ interests thoroughly and with personable attention. It is important to act quickly after your claim is denied. We are prepared to review the decision and determine how to effectively and efficiently fight it. With us by your side, you can fight for your rights with confidence.


Attorneys Who Get You Compensated for Your Workplace Injuries in Waterloo, IA

Standing up for injured workers and serving Waterloo & Waverly

In Iowa, almost all employers are required by law to carry workers’ compensation insurance to protect workers who are injured on the job. If you’ve suffered a workplace injury, our workers’ compensation attorneys at Gallagher, Langlas & Gallagher, P.C. partner with you in obtaining the benefits available to you under Iowa law. For more than 60 years, we have been successfully advocating for injured workers and aggressively yet professionally dealing with insurance agencies to protect the legal rights of our clients.

Common workplace injuries

Any injury that occurs at your workplace may be considered an injury that is covered by workers’ compensation. Examples of common injuries that are job-related include:

  • Back injuries
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Leg, knee and hip injuries
  • Arm and shoulder injuries
  • Stress injuries due to repetitive movement
  • Injuries due to accumulated trauma

Which industries are most dangerous for workers?

According to a 2011 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the top most dangerous jobs in America include:

  • Farmers and ranchers (41.4 deaths per 100,000 workers)
  • Roofers (32.4 deaths per 100,000 workers
  • Truck drivers (21.8 deaths per 100,000 workers)
  • Trash and recyclable collectors (29.8 deaths per 100,000 workers)
  • Police and sheriff’s patrol officers (18 deaths per 100,000 workers)
  • Aircraft pilots and flight engineers (70.6 deaths per 100,000 workers)
  • Logging workers (91.9 deaths per 100,000 workers)
  • Mining (19.9 deaths per 100,000 workers)
  • Fishing (116 deaths per 100,000 workers)

What happens if the company fights my claim?

Insurance companies make a bigger profit when they have fewer claims to pay out, so a focus on the bottom line may cause some carriers to deny legally valid workplace injury claims. If your claim is denied by your company or your insurance carrier, you have a right to know why. Our workers’ compensation lawyers help you navigate the process by filing a contested-case proceeding before the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner.

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If you’ve been injured at work and are facing a medical and financial crisis, Gallagher, Langlas & Gallagher, P.C. makes sure that you receive the benefits to which you are entitled by law.


Waterloo, Iowa Workers’ Comp Lawyers Guide You Through the Agency Appeals Process

Navigating agency appeals for injured workers

Workers’ compensation claim disputes are decided by the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commission, an administrative agency of the state of Iowa. With more than 240 years of combined legal experience in appealing agency decisions, our attorneys at Gallagher, Langlas & Gallagher, P.C. diligently represent your interests in the Iowa courts and uphold your right to obtain workers’ compensation benefits. We understand that you need help when you are hurt on the job. Our lawyers can advocate for your right to recovery for your injury.

Denied claims and agency appeals: how it all works

In the event that your Iowa workers’ compensation claim is denied, there are several steps for appealing the decision that you can take. Here’s how the process operates:

  • Your case is first brought before the Deputy Workers’ Compensation Commissioner, who issues a decision.
  • If the deputy commissioner’s decision is not in your favor, you can appeal to the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner.
  • If you lose your appeal before the commissioner, whose decision is a final agency decision, you can then petition the Iowa district court for judicial review.

Each case is different, and the appeals process can take a few months or longer, depending on your individual circumstances. Our attorneys guide you through each step. We help you determine the best strategy to obtain a positive outcome.

Can you appeal denials of claims for unemployment insurance or health insurance?

Yes. If your unemployment insurance claim or health insurance claim was denied, you have the right under Iowa law to seek legal review of denials and even go to trial to obtain benefits that are rightly yours. If your Iowa unemployment insurance claim was denied, you can appeal to an administrative law judge. If your health insurance claim was denied, our experienced attorneys work with you to make sure that your insurance carrier is acting in good faith and that your rights as a policyholder are upheld. In many cases, settlements can be reached. In other cases, particularly where an insurance carrier is not cooperative, you may need to file suit in court and go to trial. Our Waterloo attorneys diligently pursue all legal avenues available in seeking the maximum amount of damages for you.