Do You Need Help Navigating The Complexities Of Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation is a complex system. That’s why your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company has its lawyers. If you don’t follow the process correctly or meet all the deadlines, you decrease your chances of receiving benefits.
I am Tim Alvarez, a workers’ compensation attorney who has helped hundreds of injured workers receive the benefits they deserve. If you have been injured on the job, please contact me for a free consultation about your legal rights and options. Call 913-371-1030.
What Benefits Can I Receive?
If you suffered an on-the-job injury or a work-related illness, you may be entitled to receive:
- Medical treatment at no cost to you
- A weekly check if you are unable to work
- A settlement for permanent impairment or disability
- Certain other benefits depending on whether you have a Kansas or Missouri claim
The goal of your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company is to avoid paying benefits entirely or to pay you as little as possible. My goal is to maximize the amount of benefits you receive in your workers’ comp or personal injury claim.
The Process Must Be Followed Carefully
Workers’ compensation is governed by a complex set of rules and regulations. The process and procedures can seem overwhelming to an injured worker. That is why I have compiled a few helpful tips about how to avoid common pitfalls.
It is extremely important to follow the workers’ comp process to the letter. Missing a deadline, failing to report your injury or file your claim or going to the wrong physician for treatment can cost you dearly. You may lose your right to workers’ compensation benefits.
- Report your injury to your employer right away. Tell your employer what happened as soon as possible. In general, Kansas workplace accidents must be reported to the employer in as little as 10 days under certain circumstances. In Missouri, written notice of the accident must generally be given within 30 days. There are exceptions to these general rules. Talk to a lawyer about possible exceptions to these rules and advice on the proper way to report a workplace injury even if you think you may have missed a deadline.
- Make sure your treatment is authorized by your employer and its insurance company. If you go to your own doctor, or pursue tests or treatment without authorization, workers’ comp may not cover the expenses.
- Attend all treatment appointments. If you miss a doctor’s appointment or a visit with a physical therapist or other health care professional, your weekly checks may be terminated.
- Hire an experienced attorney who focuses on workers’ compensation. Insurance companies have their lawyers. You should have someone looking out for your best interests, too.
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