Erik Luthens

State and Local Government Employees

The type of employees who are eligible for benefits under the workers’ compensation system varies from state to state. In some states, state and municipal government employees are covered under the workers’ compensation system and in some states, these employees are not covered.

In general, state employees who are considered state “officials” are not eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. However, there is a lot of variance in which employees are considered to be officials. Generally, if an employee implements any of the state’s independent power, it is likely that he or she will be considered to be a state official and will be ineligible for workers’ compensation benefits. The question of whether an employee is an official often arises in connection with firefighters and police officers. They are not exactly employees and not exactly officials. Many state statutes recognize this problem and specifically apply workers’ compensation benefits, rules, and requirements to police officers and firefighters.

If you are a state or municipal government employee, you should consult a lawyer. An experienced workers’ compensation lawyer will be able to tell you if your state’s workers’ compensation statutes apply to you. Contact a Iowa work injury and accident attorney representing clients in Urbandale, Iowa today to schedule your initial consultation.


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