October 25, 2023
Do Independent Contractors Qualify for Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation insurance provides financial support for medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs…
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Workers’ compensation, sometimes called “workers comp,” are laws that protect you if you get hurt, sick, or die on the job. Your employer will be responsible to pay for:
There are many different types of injuries a worker can suffer during the course of their job. Some of the most common include:
Every state has its own workers’ compensation laws, and the federal government has its own for federal employees. Regardless of whether you’re in Kansas or Missouri, workers’ compensation benefits should cover:
In the case of a medical emergency, always contact an ambulance or other emergency services first. Once the danger has passed, notify your employer and report what happened immediately. The incident should be reported on the day of the accident. Accidents that are not properly reported to the employer may be denied.
After your employer knows about your injury, the employer should provide immediate medical treatment. Then, you should consult legal counsel to ensure your workers’ compensation claim is properly filed with the Division of Workers’ Compensation. If your workplace does not have workers’ compensation insurance or says that you do not qualify, you will want to talk to a workers’ compensation lawyer about your case immediately.
Know that you can hire an attorney at any point in this process. Some people hire a lawyer before they tell their employer about their injury. Others wait until something goes wrong, such as not getting the proper medical care or being forced back to work before they have healed. It’s never too early or too late to seek help.
First of all, do not panic! If your claim is denied, we may be able to help you. Our attorneys can review your case and aggressively pursue it through each step of the judicial system.
We understand the insurance company policies that are often used to deny claims. We also know the local court systems and workers’ compensation laws. We can tell when an employer and their insurance company are doing something improperly or are acting in bad faith. If that ends up being the case, we can and will pursue your matter on your behalf to obtain justice in court.
If you’re hurt on the job, don’t hesitate to contact us. Consultations are free, and we will always get back to you quickly to get your case started. We are with you every step of the way, ensuring you get the help you need and the benefits you deserve.
You should also contact an attorney if:
The judicial process looks different depending on the state you were injured in.
File a Claim of Compensation. A Claim for Compensation must be filed with the Division of Workers’ Compensation within two years of the date of the accident.
Request Hardship Mediation. Then, after you’ve been evaluated by one of our physicians, a formal demand for medical benefits is made. If the insurance company does not comply with the request, your case is put before an Administrative Law Judge.
Hardship Hearing. If you or your employer are unable to reach an agreement, your case is taken before the administrative law judge, who will hold a formal hearing and consider testimony to reward medical benefits.
Final Hearing. After medical treatment is provided and you have reached maximum medical improvement (the point at which your injury is as healed as it can be, though you may still take medication or have pain evaluations), you will receive a disability rating and a request for a final hearing will be filed.
Application for Hearing. First, a formal Application of Hearing must be filed with the Division of Workers’ Compensation within two years of the accident or three years of the last date the insurance company paid an authorized medical bill.
Preliminary Hearing. Then, after you’ve been evaluated by one of our physicians, a formal demand for medical benefits is made. If the insurance company does not comply with the request, your case is put before an Administrative Law Judge.
Regular Hearing. Once you’ve completed medical treatment, you will be evaluated by one of our physicians and obtain an impairment rating to determine your permanent disability and compensation amount.
Workers’ Compensation Board of Appeals. If you don’t agree with the Judge’s Order or Award and want to appeal the decision, you have 10 days to ask the Workers’ Compensation Board for review.
Court of Appeals. If you disagree with the Board’s decision, your case can then be sent to the Kansas Court of Appeals and the Kansas Supreme Court.
Workers’ compensation can be difficult to navigate on your own. You want to make sure whoever you hire is right for you and your case. Look for a lawyer who:
Has a local presence. With a local firm, you can visit their office in person or by calling their local number. This makes it easier to keep up on your case and have your questions answered. We have offices located in Pittsburg, KS, Coffeyville, KS, Kansas City, KS, and Joplin, MO.
Has experience. Look for an attorney who has decades of experience and has helped clients with similar cases. It’s also important for them to have trial and negotiation experience. This means they have experience in getting cases settled or won no matter how hard they may be.
Has a personal touch. You aren’t just a case number, you’re a person, and you should be treated like one. A good attorney will make you feel comfortable by listening to you, answering your questions, and treating you with respect.