Workers' compensation exists to provide protection and support for injured workers. These benefits are not available only to those in risky occupations. Most workers likely have coverage and the right to file a claim after a work accident. Employees of all kinds will find it beneficial to seek a full understanding of their rights and what to do if they are involved in an accident in the workplace.
One fact you may not know is that your Kansas employer has certain obligations regarding workers' compensation. Most types of employers carry this type of insurance, and failure to do so can result in serious legal repercussions. In addition to having the right coverage, employers must address other factors to protect the rights and interests of the men and women who work for them.
The role of the boss
If you are in an accident at work or suffer from an occupational illness, you know you can pursue certain types of help through a workers' compensation claim. While there are steps you have to take, the employer has an important role in this process as well. Your boss has to carry out the following actions:
- He or she has to place a workers' compensation compliance notice in a place where everyone can read it.
- The employer must call for emergency medical care after a serious accident in the workplace.
- He or she must not keep an injured worker from getting medical care or take steps to prevent a worker from filing a claim.
- The employer has to be cooperative with the local workers' compensation office by providing a report of what happened and cooperating with requests for additional information.
Workers' compensation insurance provides protection for both employers and employees. It allows workers to get the financial and practical help they need, and it protects employers, in most cases, from litigation over a work accident.
Where should you start?
You may not know what your boss should do or what steps you should take after a work accident. Because it can be difficult to get the full amount of workers' compensation benefits, many injured employees find it beneficial to seek legal guidance when navigating the claims process.
An assessment of your situation by an experienced workers' compensation attorney can allow you understand what to do next and how you can ensure your employer does what he or she needs to do to help you get the necessary support.