What kind of coverage does workers' compensation provide in Kansas?
Kansas workers' compensation laws provide a pretty broad range of coverage on accidental injuries and occupational diseases. That means that workers' compensation can cover a wide range of health complications, from serious illnesses like mesothelioma to more common conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome. Employers may have the ability to deny workers' compensation claims that they believe are a result of intentional, self-inflicted actions — which may include the willful failure to protect yourself from injury. This also can include an employee's reckless violation of workplace safety rules or any voluntary participation in reckless behavior like fighting or horseplay. Sorting through these types of disputes is why having an experienced attorney on your side can make all the difference in your case.
Can't I just file suit against my employer instead?
Workers' compensation is usually considered a direct substitute for filing a lawsuit against your employer. Typically when you file a workers' compensation claim, you're choosing not to sue your employer in exchange for compensation benefits, regardless of who was at fault for your injuries. Before the creation of workers' compensation, employees were required to seek compensation by taking their employer to court. With the institution of workers' compensation, employees are now automatically entitled to make a compensation claim, while employers are generally protected from an employee lawsuit. It is important to remember that filing a workers' compensation claim does not mean you can't file a lawsuit if your injury was caused by someone other than your employer. These third-party lawsuits can apply to situations where you were injured on the job by someone who doesn't work for your employer, or by a defective product manufactured by a third party.
Don't Wait. Let Me Fight For You
Ultimately, workers' compensation cases require a skilled and experienced attorney that can help ensure that your situation has been carefully examined before moving forward with your claim. I can help you understand all of your options and deal with all of the legal proceedings so that you can focus on getting better. If you've been injured at work, contact the George Pearson Law Firm today for a free consultation and see how we can help you seek the justice you deserve.