You were injured in an accident, in Overland Park, or somewhere in Kansas. You filed a claim with the insurance company. Now you think you are being followed. Believe it or not, you may not be just paranoid. There are known cases of other Kansas clients being tailed. That may mean that someone is not just watching you but, also taking pictures, videos, etc. of you. Why you though? Typically, this happens in the following circumstances:
Here are some ways to prevent being investigated:
When will your Kansas Work Comp. claim end? It depends. Unfortunately, there is no set timeline for when your Work Comp. weekly benefits, medical care, restrictions, etc. will come to a close. Your unique circumstances will be used to make that determination. Here are some things that will likely happen when you claim is coming to a close:
If you have more questions, no matter what stage your Kansas Work Comp. claim is at, about your injury call today 913.602.7288. Our office is located in Overland Park, Kansas and we offer free consultations.
An injury at work, under Kansas Work Comp. law, may temporarily mean that you cannot perform your normal work duties. Therefore, the treating physician may send you back to work with restrictions that limit where, when, how, etc. you can work. After it is determined that you have reached maximum medical improvement ("MMI") you will be sent back to work with no restrictions, at least for a time. However, sometimes, your non-scheduled injury (see yesterday's blog for a list of scheduled and non-scheduled injuries) is such that you have lost the ability to return to work and/or have lost wage earning potential. You will then have what is considered a "work disability".
Should it be determined that you have a work disability you will need to have a Kansas vocational expert hired. This expert will use information specific to your unique circumstances (ex. education, prior work experience, work restrictions, job market, etc.) to determine your lost earning capacity. If you cannot return to your prior position, and while you await a determination of Work Comp. award, you must actively seek employment.
What you may be entitled to, because of your work disability, is likely greater than what your functional impairment compensation would be. Here's an example of the difference, if you had the same injury, treatment, etc. and your impairment rating is 8% in both calculations:
If you are injured, at work, in Kansas your employer will report the incident to its insurance company. The type of injury you experience will determine what compensation you will be entitled to under Kansas Work Comp. law. Scheduled injuries include, injury to the following body single body parts:
If your injury is to another part of your body (ex. back, neck, etc.), results in amputation or permanent loss of use, or injury to more than one body part, it will be considered a non-scheduled injury. A non-scheduled injury will result in a larger possible compensation amount. Similarly, should your loved one's work injury cause their death, there are higher compensation rates.
How your injury is classified could mean the difference in tens-of-thousands of dollars. If you are unsure about your Kansas Work Comp. claim and/or the compensation you are entitled to, call us NOW 913.602.7288 for your free consultation.
So you were injured at work, qualified for Kansas Work Comp. benefits, received treatment and now you are nearing the end of the process? You probably know you're Work Comp. case is near closing when you have been sent back to work (usually without restrictions), your weekly benefits have ended and/or your next doctor's appointment is several weeks away.
What's next? At your very next appointment the doctor will likely be assessing your disability level. The outcome will be a disability rating. In sum, it will be a determination of what percentage of bodily impairment you will have permanently because of the work injury. This number will then be used to determine what amount of cash you are entitled to, under Kansas Work Comp. law.
How will you know if your disability rating is accurate? It is likely that you won't and the insurance company will offer you no guidance on the matter. Further, if you disagree and take your claim to Kansas Work Comp. court, your opinion alone will not be sufficient cause to adjust your rating. That's why you need an experience Kansas Work Comp. attorney.
If you were injured, at work, in Overland Park, Kansas (or anywhere else across the state)? Call us NOW for your free consultation 913.602.7288.
Yesterday we talked about how you are compensated for your missed time, following a work related injury, under Kansas Work Comp. law. As you know, whether you are injured in Overland Park, or anywhere in Kansas, you will not get paid until after 21 consecutive missed days (7 of which are the waiting period and not reimbursed). You also know that your Work Comp. wages will be two-thirds of your average weekly pay. But what if you normally get overtime? What if you normally receive fringe benefits that are now unavailable to you? Well, Kansas Work Comp. has you covered in both circumstances. That is because the "average weekly wage" is calculated as follows: Base Wage + Average Weekly Overtime + Weekly Fringe Benefits.
When we get a new client one of the first things we discuss, and review, is this above calculation. Your weekly wages should never just be what appeared on your last pay stub; especially, if you are entitled to overtime and fringe benefits. If the calculation is inaccurate, even only by a few dollars, it could cost you hundreds of dollars later. Need an attorney to review you Kansas Work Comp. case and wage calculations? Call us NOW 913.602.7288 our experienced attorney would be glad assist you.
If you are injured, in Overland Park, KS, at work, you may miss time while you seek medical attention and heal. How are you compensated for your lost wages? Under Kansas Work Comp. law, if you cannot work because of a job-related injury, you may be entitled to weekly disability benefits (also known as "temporary total compensation"). To qualify for these benefits the following must occur first:
Here are some reason your Kansas Work Comp. compensation may be denied:
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