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Iowa's Second Injury Fund

Facing a workplace injury alongside a pre-existing disability? The Second Injury Fund is your crucial support system, ensuring fair compensation reflective of your combined injuries. Mark Chipokas, your experienced workers’ compensation attorney, can help you discover if you qualify for additional benefits under Iowa’s intricate provisions. 

Understanding Iowa's Second Injury Fund

For residents of Iowa who have experienced a workplace injury, the Second Injury Fund represents a crucial support mechanism, especially for those facing the challenge of a significant work injury on top of a pre-existing disability. This fund is designed to ensure that workers in such situations receive fair compensation, reflective of the combined impact of their injuries. If you’ve suffered a work-related injury in Iowa and already have a separate pre-existing impairment, you may be eligible for additional benefits under this fund. Mark Chipokas is well-versed in the intricacies of this Iowa-specific provision and ready to assist.

The Role of the Second Injury Fund in Iowa

The Second Injury Fund plays a pivotal role in supporting Iowa’s workforce, particularly those who find themselves disadvantaged due to multiple disabilities. It underscores Iowa’s commitment to ensuring that such workers are not left to bear the full burden of their combined injuries without adequate support. 

Eligibility for Iowa Residents

To qualify for the Second Injury Fund in Iowa, you must have sustained a new, compensable workplace injury to one of the following specific body parts – arm, hand, leg, foot, or eye – distinct from any prior disability. 

This prior disability could stem from a range of causes, including previous personal or work injury, or congenital condition, The prior qualifying injury must have some degree of permanency.  

Partnering with Mark Chipokas for Guidance

Navigating the application process for the Second Injury Fund can be daunting, given the specific requirements and detailed evidence needed to build a compelling case. For Iowa residents who have endured a workplace injury and are grappling with the complexities of their situation, partnering with Mark Chipokas and his experienced team can make all the difference. With Mark’s deep understanding of Iowa’s workers’ compensation laws and the Second Injury Fund, they are equipped to offer personal and professional legal guidance and representation needed to secure the benefits you are entitled to.

Take the Next Step

If you or a loved one in Iowa is dealing with the aftermath of a workplace injury and wondering about eligibility for the Second Injury Fund, don’t navigate this challenging journey alone. Contact Mark Chipokas at (319) 366-7888 to learn more about your options and how you can secure the compensation you rightfully deserve. Mark and his dedicated team are ready to provide the support and advocacy you need during this critical time.

Practice Areas

Workers face a wide range of risks and potential injuries in the workplace every day. The various injuries people face are as diverse as the different types of work environments they go to. Some common types of injuries that workers face include:

  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Burns
  • Amputations
  • Paralysis (paraplegia, quadriplegia and incomplete paralysis)
  • Broken bones/ fractures
  • Neck injuries
  • Knee injuries
  • Shoulder injuries


These injuries can leave you with mounting medical bills at the same time you are suffering lost wages. This can create serious financial uncertainty for an individual or a family.

Construction workers face one of the most dangerous work environments. Their work makes them susceptible to work site accidents as well as injuries from simple wear and tear on the body.

They also face the challenge of working in an ever-changing work environment. Every day construction workers may be asked to carry out their duties in a physical space that changes as the construction itself progresses. New trenches may have been dug. New wiring may be in place. To remain safe, a construction worker must be aware of the changes that occur on a site and adapt his or her behavior accordingly.

Workers also face risk from using heavy machinery and power tools such as:

If you are injured in a construction accident, you need to recover all of the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve. In Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, I am among the most experienced lawyers you can enlist to help achieve that. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 319-366-7888 or contact my office online.

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