Albia man fears loss of worker's compensation
A worker’s compensation bill introduced in the Iowa legislature last week could significantly reduce benefits for injured workers throughout the state.
We spoke to one construction worker who is still recovering five years after his accident.
Albia resident Mark Mosely told KTVO he would do anything to snap his fingers and take back the moment he was hurt.
"There's no amount of money that I would trade to have my old body back,” Mosley said. “I was a pretty active individual, and I still push myself."
Mosley was working as an inspector on a construction site in 2013 when he fell off the side of a tank wall and snapped the bones at his knee cap.
Since then, he's had three surgeries, and gets injections in his knee almost every month.
He was covered by worker’s compensation right away.
But that became more difficult to deal with.
So much that he took the matter to court.
"His condition is such that the insurance company decided to stop his benefits just prior to the hearing that we had and tried to starve mark out," said Mosley’s attorney, Corey Walker.
Mosely said the worker’s compensation system turned out to be more crippling than the injury itself.
"At the time they decide you're not going to get any better, is just about when it felt like the tables turned,” Mosley said. “Now, I’m not saying that's factual, but that's what it felt like to me."
The new piece of legislation will make it so people like Mosely, will only receive a very small amount of compensation for their injuries.
"If that capped, I guess it's hard for me to fathom where I would be," Mosely said.
It would also cut off injured workers benefits as soon as they turn 67.
"If a person hasn't been able to work up to that time and they get hurt when they're younger, that means they're going to have to try to live on social security and I just think that's very wrong," said St. Rep. Mary Gaskill.
With help from Walker, Mosley is trying to get the word out.
They're asking anyone to share their concerns with lawmakers by calling 1–855-790-8815.
Walker believes it isn't too late.
"I hope they haven't made up their mind already, because this is a huge change in this law that's been on the books for over 100 years," Walker said.
Committees in the house and senate approved the bill Thursday. It could come to a vote in the full chambers this week.