Which body part has the highest value in a workers compensation claim?

By Pyle Law, Reviewed by E. THomas Pyle May 24 2024 7:52 pm
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Which body part has the highest value in a workers compensation claim?

By Pyle Law, Reviewed by E. THomas Pyle May 24 2024 7:52 pm
Which body part has the highest value in a workers compensation claim?

Workers’ compensation claims with the highest settlement value involve catastrophic injuries that have a long-term impact on a victim’s life. Workers who sustained severe injuries to delicate organs like the spine, brain, limbs, or burns often deserve a hefty settlement value.

 

The higher settlement value associated with catastrophic injuries covers medical bills, structural adjustments to their homes, personal care, and permanent disfigurement.

 

Consider speaking to a Kansas workers’ compensation attorney for legal advice on filing a claim and maximizing your benefit or settlement value.

The Importance of Workers’ Compensation 

Workers’ compensation is an insurance plan that provides cash benefits or medical care for workers who sustain injuries or become ill due to their jobs. 

 

All employers in Kansas must offer workers’ compensation, except those engaged in particular agricultural pursuits and those with a gross payroll of $20,000 or less.

 

Here are the benefits of a worker’s compensation plan:

 

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Temporary disability benefits
  • Permanent disability benefits
  • Cash benefits to survivors

Factors that Determine the Value of a Workers’ Compensation Claim

Various factors determine the value of a workers’ compensation claim, including:

 

  • Severity of Injury: A fall and slip accident victim who sustained a severe spinal cord injury is likely to obtain a higher settlement amount compared to a counterpart who suffered a minor cut. The higher settlement amount covers medical expenses and lost earning ability due to the disabilities associated with the injury.
  • Length of Recovery: If it takes years to recover from an injury, the injured victim often deserves a higher settlement value. The substantial settlement value considers the time spent off work leading to loss of income and additional medical expenses.
  • Long-term Impact: If an injury results in permanent disability, you may be unable to resume your previous job role. As such, you may deserve permanent disability benefits as a long-term coping mechanism for the injury. Similarly, if the injury affects your ability to be independent, your case merits a hefty amount to cater for additional expenses associated with assisted living.

When Do You Need a Kansas Workers Compensation Lawyer?

Even if you get approval for your workers’ compensation claim, the settlement value may be insufficient to cover injury-related losses and future medical expenses. However, hiring a workers’ compensation attorney can enhance your chances of a fair outcome.

 

First, a workers’ compensation attorney will compile various sources of evidence to prove the extent of your injury. The attorney also establishes the value of your losses, which is a basis on which to pursue fair settlement value.

Get Legal Assistance from an Experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorney in Kansas

While you may be entitled to compensation under your employer’s coverage, the value of the settlement determines your future and recovery. An experienced attorney can demonstrate the extent of your injury and negotiate for a settlement value that covers your injury-related losses.

 

Tom at Pyle Law is an experienced workers’ compensation attorney with a proven track record of representing injured workers. Contact us online or at 620-241-9000 for a free consultation.

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This page has been written, edited, and reviewed by a team of legal writers following our comprehensive editorial guidelines. This page was approved by attorney E. Thomas Pyle who has more than 20 years of legal experience as a practicing personal injury trial attorney.