Your dad has many rights under Iowa was Worker's Compensation laws. My extensive experience in Worker's Compensation and Iowa indicates that the settlement offer seems very low. There are several things about work comp benefits that the employer and insurance carrier failed to inform employees that are injured.
I would act by hiring a work comp attorney sooner rather than later. It is almost always worth the investment.
He cannot sue his employer. He definitely has a Workers' Compensation claim and it would be foolish to settle without consulting an attorney. In most states, an attorney cannot charge a fee on any amount offered, in writing, before the attorney is hired. It is also something that your dad can negotiate. He may need more medical care or he may be entitled to a wage differential. These and other options MUST be discussed BEFORE your dad can make any decision.
Your dad can find an attorney though the "Find a Lawyer" tab at the top of this page . However you do it help your dad find an attorney ASAP. Good luck.
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It will make a big difference whether this is considered an injury "only" to your dad's arm, or if it affects his body as a whole. If it is properly categorized as an arm injury, the compensation available will be far less than if it is treated as a body as a whole injury.
Insurance adjusters handle workers' compensation cases all day long, every day. They have an enormous informational advantage over nearly every worker. The best way to level the playing field and make sure your dad receives fair compensation is to have your dad hire an experienced workers' compensation lawyer.
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