My workers compensation claim was made in the State of: Iowa
I have a documented mental health diagnosis as a result of an extreme trauma exposure in law enforcement. My agency sent me to an independent specialist (clinical psychologist) to seek an opinion on whether or not he agreed that it was work related and he stated that the traumatic event was indeed a work-related contributing factor incurred during the course of my duties. My family doctor and a psychiatrist I saw on my own concur. It has been incredibly distressing and disruptive to my life and I was steered away from making a "work comp claim." I told my agency's risk management division that I did not want to pursue a claim at the time but wanted all the documentation in place in case I needed to. They said under Iowa law that there is a 2 year statute of limitations. I did resign as a result of the mental health injury as it simply became too distressing to continue in my duties. I filed an injury and illness report with risk management before I left and told them I wanted everything in place that I needed in case I needed to come back and seek further treatment or a disability claim for this incident in the future if my symptoms don't improve. The department has access to all of the documentation from the specialist they sent me to that agreed it was work related.
I made the decision to resign under such distress that I'm worried I didn't adequately do my homework and research on coming back and making a claim. Neither risk management, nor my agency was clear at all in explaining the claim process. Additionally, I was steered away from making a work comp claim while I was off duty seeking treatment and our agency has lost law suits regarding retaliation for similar things in the past and I feared retaliation for making a claim. I ended up being off duty for treatment on my own accrued sick time benefit.
Even though I have everything documented, and the specialist they sent me to rendered an opinion- does the fact that I resign mean I may not have any recourse for disability if this condition continues to affect me and prevent me from holding future employment?