Know the Workers Compensation Act
Work injuries are, unfortunately, fairly common. Workers suffer at the hands of companies that cut corners and ignore safety protocols. Faulty machinery, unmarked hazards, falls and toxic airborne substances can cause permanent damage to injured employees. After an injury, employers are responsible for paying compensation to injured employees in accordance with the Kansas Workers Compensation Act. The employer is also responsible for providing medical treatment necessary to cure or relieve the effects of any work-related injuries. However, most companies will continue protecting their own interests. It is up to the injured worker to secure a strong workers compensation attorney to fight for their recovery.
Who is Covered by the Workers Compensation Act?
The Kansas Workers Compensation Act applies to all employers in Kansas. In particular, employers with an annual total payroll in excess of $20,000 when all employees’ pay is added together. There are some other limited statutory exceptions, but most Kansas employers are subject to the statute, even the “self-insured.” The statute covers those accidents which arise out of and in the course of employment. Understandably, there is a great deal of litigation over what accidents “arise out of and in the course of” employment. Injured individuals will need a legal consultation to determine whether the accident is one that should be covered.
What About My Injury?
The Workers Compensation Act also defines injury as a physical change or lesion in the body. If you have suffered an injury you are entitled to medical treatment. If the injury results in any permanent residual effects, you may also be entitled to compensation. Injuries may be physical injuries that result from a specific event in time, like a broken leg from a fall. Injuries may also be conditions that have progressed or worsened over time through repetitive activity, like carpal tunnel from typing.
Specific accidents and injuries through repetitive activity may also cause an aggravation, acceleration or exacerbation of a pre-existing condition. According to the Workers Compensation Act, the injured worker may still be entitled to treatment and compensation. Vision loss, hearing loss, respiratory injury and even psychological injury are all potentially compensable. There must be sufficient evidence to establish that work activities have caused damages in these areas.
Accident Recovery Team is Here to Help
Reach out to the Accident Recovery Team after you or a family member has experienced an accident at work. Our experienced workers compensation attorneys are familiar with the Workers Compensation Act and know how to proceed with your case. To schedule a free consultation, contact Accident Recovery Team today. We only get paid when we settle or win the case. Recover from your injuries and have peace of mind with the Accident Recovery Team on your side.