Suitable Work

Do you have a current Workers’ Compensation claim and your employer has offered you work that may not be “suitable work” for your injury? Turning down this work may disqualify you from receiving benefits, however you may be able to still receive benefits if this work is determined to not be “suitable.” In Neal v. Annett Holdings, Inc., the Iowa Supreme Court determined that offering an employee work that was 387 miles away from his residence was not suitable work. 814 N.W.2d 512 (2012). The court noted, “Being away from the support of your wife and family, especially while recovering from a serious work injury, is not an insignificant matter.” Id. At 525. If you have any questions about this or any other Workers’ Compensation issue, please contact Bob or Ashley at 515-987-4578.