Salina Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
Fighting for employees injured on the job.
If you have been injured at work, you probably have a million questions running through your mind. How am I going to pay all of these medical bills? Will I be able to get back to work? Will I get paid for the time I had to take off to recover? Is workers’ compensation available? What does workers’ compensation cover? You are faced with all of these serious issues in addition to the pain and stress of working to recover from your injuries. At Neustrom and Associates, we know that being injured on the job can feel like everyday life as you know it was brought to an abrupt stop. We are here to help you get things back on track.
What is Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance that will provide certain benefits in the event an employee is injured on the job. Make sure that you report your injuries to your employer as soon as possible. Delaying this could put your workers’ compensation benefits in jeopardy. The best way to do this is in writing, so ask to fill out an accident report on the same day, or the next day, as your accident. Additionally, know that, under Kansas law, your employer has the right to select the doctor who will treat your on-the-job injuries. If your employer fails to inform you of what doctor you should see for treatment, follow-up with them to ask if you may be able to select your own doctor or if they have a preference for you to go to a specific doctor. This doctor will make a number of very important evaluations to determine things like:
- When you will be able to return to work;
- Whether you are partially or totally impaired by your injuries; and
- Whether you are temporarily or permanently disabled by your injuries.
The benefits you receive will largely depend on your treating physician’s evaluation of your injuries. Sometimes, though, a second opinion can be obtained. In Kansas, workers’ compensation may include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wage benefits
- Permanent disability compensation
- Future medical care for at least two years
The type of benefits that you receive largely depends on the extent of your injuries and how well you are able to recover. You may receive benefits for:
- Temporary total disability: You will receive this type of benefit if you are unable to work or if your employer refuses to take you back to work within the temporary restrictions from the treating doctor. In general, you will be entitled to two-thirds of your gross average weekly wage. There are some maximums which will limit how much you receive in a week.
- Permanent partial disability: If you are permanently impaired by your injury and return to work at a pay rate that is less than 10% of what you previously earned, then you might be able to receive this type of benefit. The extent of your impairment will be determined by your doctor or other medical experts.
- Permanent total disability: This benefit is paid to someone who, because of the severity of your permanent injury and medical restrictions, you are unable to return to substantial and gainful full-time work. With this category, you receive weekly benefits for the duration of your life. However, Kansas law only allows a maximum recovery of $155,000.00 for this type of workers’ compensation benefit.
We’re here to fight for the workers’ compensation benefits you are entitled to.
Workers’ compensation is meant to protect workers. Despite this, the workers’ compensation claims process can be complex and put many barriers in the way of your right to recover. Your claim may be incorrectly denied, for example, if you had a previous accident involving the same joint. The amount of an offered settlement may be significantly undervalued. Either way, you will want the trusted advice of Neustrom & Associates by your side. Our workers’ compensation attorneys know that these benefits are desperately needed by injured workers. We are here to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.