If you were injured on the job, you are entitled to receive workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation is insurance that your employer carries to help provide you with certain benefits in the event that you are not able to work due to a serious injury or illness. This coverage is required by the state of Kansas (with certain exceptions) and can be obtained by filing a workers’ compensation claim with your employer after an accident.
Compensation should be awarded promptly after a serious injury but in some cases, the benefits are not applied and workers go months or years without obtaining the compensation that they deserve. Roger Fincher, Attorney at Law will help you understand many aspects of workers' compensation, including the following:
While most people are aware that worker’s compensation benefits exist, many do not know what they should do if they are injured at work. If you should ever suffer a work-related injury, there are several steps you must follow to stay in control of the situation and maximize your chances of claim approval.
It's best to file a claim and hire a lawyer as soon as your injury occurs. According to Kansas law, a claim may be denied if an employee fails to notify their employer within 20 calendar days from the date of an accident or 10 days after their last day of work.
Knowing when to hire a workers' comp lawyer is necessary in order to obtain maximum compensation for your claim. Workers’ compensation benefits can be obtained if you were injured while working, performing a job under the scope of your employment, or while traveling on direct business for your company. Other situations where in where you should contact an attorney include:
Minor and even moderate accidents can happen all the time, and it doesn’t mean the employer is directly at fault. From paper cuts to getting burned while working in the kitchen, occupational hazards are all around us. However, there are times when management doesn’t look out for or protect their employees like they should. If you feel like there was a direct correlation between your accident and negligence of your employer, it’s probably a good time to call our work injury lawyer.
As we mentioned, minor and moderate injuries can be sustained at any job, and it can be chalked up to the fact that accidents happen. But if you’ve been severely injured at your job, in a way that’s affecting your life weeks, months, or even years after the accident, there’s a chance that you could be eligible for legal compensation. Again, this isn’t a guarantee, but it might indicate that there was some negligence on the employer that you weren’t immediately aware of, and they might be financially responsible to help offset your medical costs and time away from work.
Your Employer Denies Anything Happened
If you were injured on the job, you might be eligible for workman’s compensation. However, if your employer refuses to acknowledge your injury happened at work, even though you know it did, this is a red flag. This could also be a sign that they’re trying to get out of any financial situations that might arise, such as contributing to your benefits.
As online legal resource Nolo states, “Employers and workers’ comp insurers routinely reject bona fide workers’ comp claims, confident that many workers will fail to appeal. Unfortunately, they’re usually correct.” If you feel like this applies to your situation, don’t let your boss back you into a corner. Contact our personal injury lawyer for a free consultation.
An employer offering you a settlement might seem like a good sign — after all, they’re owning up to their fault and taking responsibility, right? Truthfully, while many employers have your best interests in mind and take your health seriously, others might actually be ripping you off in the process, hoping you’ll take the bait. A good indicator of whether you should contact a work injury lawyer is if your employer’s offer does not cover all your expenses, by which we mean medical bills and compensation for any lost wages (as in time you couldn’t work, due to your injury). If this is the case, your Topeka personal injury lawyer is the one you want to start talking to.
Filing a workman’s comp claim is an essential step when you’re trying to get fair and appropriate compensation. However, some bosses start to retaliate as a result, either out of intimidation, fear, anger, or in attempts to persuade you to think otherwise. If your boss has lashed out at you, treated you differently, discriminated against you, cut your hours, or even fired you, it would be worth your time to speak with a personal injury lawyer. You don’t deserve to be treated this way in general, and certainly not when you’re only trying to get the justice you deserve. No one should be made to feel bad about trying to advocate for themselves.
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Roger Fincher represented me during my case and did an outstanding job. I would highly recommend him to anyone who has suffered serious personal injuries! -Lukas O.
If you need assistance with workers’ compensation, it is better to hire an attorney sooner rather than later. Having a lawyer on your side can help make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. Our firm offers personalized legal representation from start to finish. Our Topeka workers’ compensation lawyer has more than 25 years of experience and has handled thousands of cases.
Do I Need a Lawyer for a Workers' Compensation Claim?
Workers’ compensation benefits can be used to cover the cost of medical bills, lost income/wages, long-term treatment, and disability. Unfortunately, the process of filing a claim is often complex and, in some cases, injured workers have their claims unjustly denied.
A Topeka workers’ compensation attorney can help you with: