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Eligibility for Workers’ Compensation BenefitsBy Pyle Law, September 14 2021 9:35 am
Workers who suffer on-the-job injuries may be entitled to recover various forms of monetary compensation and benefits through the Kansas workers’ compensation system. An experienced attorney will take the necessary actions to help you pursue and recover those benefits.
Workers, most especially those who are employed in the building and construction industries, are prone to serious injuries while they are on the job. For example, a worker could fall off a ladder, fall from scaffolding, become involved in a motor vehicle collision, or sustain serious injuries due to a defective piece of machinery or equipment. Jobsite injuries can also happen to workers who are employed in an office setting. For instance, a worker could suffer a slip and fall while in the office. Workers who are exposed to various chemicals and other substances while on the job and who suffer a long-term illness, as a result, might also be eligible for various workers’ compensation benefits.
When a worker is injured or becomes ill while on the job, he or she might be entitled to recover various types of benefits and damages through the Kansas workers’ compensation system. A knowledgeable Kansas workers’ compensation attorney at Pyle Law could help you pursue the damages and benefits that you deserve in order to be made whole again after your accident.
In order for an injured worker to be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, there are several requirements that the worker must satisfy. First of all, the worker must have been injured (or become ill) while he or she was on the job, as opposed to traveling to or from the job (with limited exceptions). In addition, the worker must have been injured while performing a job duty or function. In other words, the worker must have been within the course of his or her employment at the time of the injury or illness.
In addition, the worker must be an employee, as opposed to an independent contractor. Independent contractors generally have more freedom than employees in setting their schedules and work times, and they receive a Form-1099 at the end of the tax year, as opposed to a traditional W-2 form. Independent contractors are not generally entitled to recover workers’ compensation benefits. However, there are some exceptions that allow an independent contractor to recover against their statutory employer.
There are several types of benefits that injured or ill workers may be able to recover through the workers’ compensation system. The types and amounts of these benefits depend upon the nature and extent of the injury or illness sustained. Some workers might be entitled to recover their related medical costs, a portion of their lost wages, and various permanency benefits. In order to be eligible to recover permanency benefits, a health care provider must determine that you have reached a level of maximum medical improvement and that you have a permanent impairment of function – you are expected to suffer from the condition for the remainder of your life.
The experienced legal team at Pyle Law is ready to help you pursue the workers’ compensation benefits that you need. For a free legal consultation and case evaluation with an experienced Kansas workers’ compensation attorney, please call us today at 620-374-9299 or contact us online for more information about how we can assist.