Overland Park Workers’ Compensation Attorney
What is covered?
Workers’ compensation covers on the job injuries which result from an accident arising out of and in the course of your employment. The law also provides coverage for occupational diseases which arise out of and are in the course of employment. Coverage begins in the first minute you are working. You do not have to work a certain length of time, and there is no need to earn so much in wages before you are covered.
Is prompt reporting important?
Report the injury to your employer or supervisor immediately. Just give him or her a written notice of the time, place and nature of the injury and the name and address of the person injured. Give him or her enough information so that he can arrange medical treatment and complete the necessary reports. But, do NOT allow an insurance adjuster or anyone to tape record your voice about the facts of the accident, unless your attorney is present. Give your employer written notice of every injury, no matter how slight. Even a cut finger can be disabling if an infection develops. Prompt reporting is the key.
What are the benefits?
The workers’ compensation laws of Kansas and Missouri provide for three kinds of workers’ compensation benefits. The first is medical care for the injury. The second is cash payments for lost wages during the time the treating doctor says you are unable to work. The third is a cash payment if there is permanent disability. Also, in certain limited cases, benefits may include reimbursement for auto mileage you incur in obtaining medical treatment and vocational rehabilitation. You should promptly consult your attorney for a full explanation of how these benefits are determined.
Should I claim benefits under Kansas law or Missouri law?
There are significant differences between Kansas and Missouri workers’ compensation benefits. Some injured employees can increase their workers’ compensation benefits substantially by claiming benefits in one state instead of another. Whether Kansas or Missouri benefits would be greater for you, depends on the specific facts of your individual claim including the amount of your wages earned, the number of days you will be unable to work, whether your wage earning power has been permanently decreased, whether you are injured instead of deceased as a result of your job and whether you have had prior injuries. You should promptly consult with an attorney who is licensed and experienced in both the Kansas and Missouri workers’ compensation laws, so that attorney can obtain the maximum benefits to which you are entitled under the law.
Why should I promptly consult with an attorney?
Both Missouri and Kansas workers’ compensation laws have notice deadlines and statutes of limitations. If you do not file your claim before the statute of limitations runs, you may be forever barred from pursuing your claim for compensation benefits. The statutes of limitation can be complicated. An attorney experienced in workers’ compensation can determine how to calculate when your time to file a claim will expire.
At the law office of Gary D. Rappard, P.A., we help workers who have been injured on the job to obtain money and medical treatment. We have 30 years of experience, and are attuned to the needs of injured workers. We are licensed in both Kansas and Missouri. We can explain the workers’ compensation laws in ways that clients can understand. If you are looking for a workers’ compensation lawyer in Kansas or Missouri, call us at our office in Overland Park to discuss your needs.
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