With very few exceptions, if you’re hurt on the job, you are entitled to compensation through the Kansas workers’ compensation system, via the Kansas Department of Labor (DOL). Depending on the specific circumstances, you could be able to receive various benefits, including the following:
Paid Medical Bills
Under Kansas workers’ compensation law, an employee who is injured at work is entitled to “all medical treatment that may be needed to cure or relieve the effects of the injury.” In addition to paying for your medical care, your employer is responsible for choosing which doctor/facility provides your treatment. You may also be entitled to mileage reimbursement for your visits to the doctor.
After your first week off work (for which you are not paid), your employer is required to pay you two-thirds of your gross average weekly wage, up to a set maximum. You are paid this amount until a doctor clears you to return to work. Even though you aren’t receiving your entire wage, this is referred to as “Temporary Total” compensation.
Permanent Disability Payments
If it’s determined that there are effects of your work injury from which you won’t completely recover, you could be entitled to a lump-sum payment, called “Permanent Partial” disability compensation. If you are made completely disabled and unable to work due to your work injury, you could be awarded “Permanent Total” disability payments.
Kansas Workers’ Comp Attorneys
The Kansas workers’ compensation system can be confusing and difficult for an injured worker to navigate alone. Our experienced workers’ compensation lawyers can represent you throughout your entire Kansas workers’ comp claim. There’s no cost to you unless we’re successful in getting you awarded workers’ comp benefits. Contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation regarding your Kansas workers’ compensation claim.