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Most Common Types of Job-Related InjuriesBy Pyle Law, June 01 2021 9:50 am
Here’s a look at the most common types of work injuries and what to do when you get injured in the workplace. It helps to consult with a Kansas workers’ compensation attorney if you are injured on the job.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), estimates from the most recent Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) found that the leading causes of work injuries include bodily reaction and overexertion, slips, trips, and falls, and object or equipment contact.
You should be aware that all states require employers to provide employees with workers’ compensation insurance coverage. With some exceptions, injuries occurring at work or while working for the employer will be covered by workers’ comp insurance. Your number one priority is to seek proper medical care, even if you don’t think that your injury is serious.
If your injury required emergency treatment, you will still need to be treated by a physician approved by your employer. Otherwise, you’ll only be compensated for $500 in medical care. Next, you should report the accident to your employer and then file your workers’ compensation insurance claim right away. In Kansas, the filing deadline is 20 days after the incident, and if you miss it, you will become ineligible, under law, to recover workers’ comp benefits.
It is, however, immensely vital to note that your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance provider isn’t on your side. Yes, your employer may be lovely and fantastic, but insurance providers call most, if not all of, the shots when it comes to compensation claims, and they will go to great lengths to avoid paying out large compensation amounts for injured workers just like you. They’re also not above using intimidation and deflection tactics to undervalue your claim.
If you’re unsatisfied with how the insurance adjuster is handling your claim, it’s best to speak to a Kansas workers’ compensation attorney before signing anything and accepting a low settlement from the insurer. This is especially true if you’ve sustained serious or life-changing injuries. Contact Pyle Law and schedule your free claim review by filling out our online form or calling us at 620-374-9299.