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Kansas City Workers' Compensation Law Blog

Nurses: While you care for others, your health may be in jeopardy

Did you know that if your occupation is nursing, your job is considered one of the most dangerous jobs in Kansas? As a medical worker, you spend your days in an environment that is a potential source for contracting any one of many diseases or suffering an injury. Along with many other possible physical injuries, such as musculoskeletal trauma, you may face risks of suffering needle-stick wounds, cuts, burns, electrical shocks and more.

Furthermore, your emotional balance can be at risk when you spend time with severely ill patients or life-and-death situations. At these times, you might be most vulnerable to forget about protecting yourself from the unique hazards of the area in which you work.

Scaffolding safety and preventing unnecessary injuries

Kansas construction workers face various risks every time they report to work on a job site. Working in this industry comes with the chance that you will face injury at some point, but that does not mean that you do not have the right to a workplace that is as safe as reasonably possible.

Scaffolding is an important part of construction work, yet they can also be a source of great risk and danger when not used properly. Training, adherence to regulations and other measures can lead to a reduction in preventable scaffolding accidents. If you were hurt in a scaffolding accident on a construction site, you could have the right to workers' compensation benefits. 

Certain industries can pose more threats than others

Anybody who is part of the American workforce will be at risk of suffering an on-the-job injury or an occupational illness. Even white collar workers in office environments could slip or trip and fall or suffer repetitive strain injuries. However, offices are not regarded to be one of the four most dangerous industries in which the potential of suffering a life-changing or fatal injury is a reality.

There are certain industries in which workers leave for work every day with their loved ones wondering whether they will return unscathed. Safety authorities agree that too many preventable injuries occur, and no employee's life should be put on the line to earn a living.

Keep fighting for workers' compensation benefits after a denial

As a Kansas employee injured at work, you know how important it is to secure financial help as soon as possible after an accident. In most cases, injured workers can seek this financial support through a workers' compensation claim. However, it can be extremely difficult to actually secure these benefits, and you may be frustrated to learn that your claim came back denied.

As frustrating and overwhelming as it can be to learn that you must wait even longer for the benefits you deserve, you can still continue to fight. A denied claim is not the end of the road for you, but you may seek to reach a positive outcome to your situation by filing an appeal.

Beware -- protecting your hearing may be life threatening

Exposure to excessive noise can have severe long-term consequences. Are you working in an industry that could harm your hearing? Some believe the solution is a simple matter of wearing earplugs or muffs. However, depending on your workplace environment, you may be at risk of losing your life if you cannot hear approaching dangers.

When you wear ear protection, it will reduce your auditory awareness significantly, and it may leave you unable to avoid other potential hazards. Your employer must establish protocols to ensure your safety at such times. An example is a worker wearing earplugs while operating a jackhammer who will be run over by a 10-ton truck without ever knowing of its approach.

Nursing? Who will back up your benefits claim for back injuries?

Did you know that the chances of suffering sprains and strains if you are in the nursing profession are higher than for construction workers and materials handlers? The most vulnerable body parts of nurses are their backs, and a significant percentage of nurses either consider leaving their jobs or actually do so due to the physical demands required of them.

If you are a nurse in a hospital setting, you are in the most physically demanding area of this occupation, especially if you work in trauma. Constantly tending to patients during every shift creates a myriad of opportunities for back injuries to potentially occur, usually due to lifting or transferring patients in an improper manner.

How the workers' comp process works in Missouri

People who suffer injuries at work in Missouri may obtain compensation through the state's workers' compensation program. Benefits typically include coverage for medical expenses as well as lost wages. To be sure you get the full range of benefits your injury entitles you to, you will need to meet deadlines and submit paperwork. An attorney can help you with this process and make sure your submissions are correct.

One of the top reasons people delay filing their workers' comp claim is the mistaken belief that the employer must be at fault for them to get compensation. As long as you got hurt while performing work duties, with few exceptions, you can get benefits. This can be true even if the injury happened because you were not as careful as you should have been.

Workers' compensation often denies back pain claims for office workers

For office workers in Kansas and Missouri, as well as across the United States, chronic lower back pain is a serious problem. The nature of working at a desk job often causes these conditions to develop, leading to an alarming number of administrative professionals who develop some form of debilitating lower back pain. Unfortunately, many employers in the Kansas City area (as well as their Missouri or Kansas workers' compensation insurance providers) are often quick to deny the reality of a work-related lower back injury when an office worker files a claim. It doesn't help that many types of lower back problems simply don't show up on X-rays and extensive medical tests may be required to prove the disability. The facts, however, do not support these companies' position when denying worker's compensation claims.

Vocational rehab may help after workplace injury

Suffering a serious work-related injury can sometimes result in permanent injuries. In these cases, your injury may not completely take away your ability to work, but it may make it impossible for you to return to your previous job or position. As a result, you may feel at a loss as to how you can go about potentially obtaining the necessary skills to work a new job.

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