Workplace accidents happen in all sorts of ways, from falling off of a ladder on a construction site to sustaining a serious burn while working in an office. Likewise, slip-and-fall accidents happen for many reasons, whether someone falls down on ice while walking along the sidewalk or they slip on something that was spilled on the floor of a retail store. Sometimes, people are involved in slip-and-fall accidents while they are working, and these accidents can be tough for various reasons. Not only are the financial consequences of these accidents often significant (medical bills, lost wages, and so forth), but injured workers may have to find a new career.
You have been injured while you were working at your job in Missouri and are now faced with the challenges of overcoming your physical limitations so you can return to work. At The Law Office of Michael J. Joshi, we are experienced in providing injured workers with guidance as they prepare to resume their responsibilities.
Workers' compensation is an employment benefit that is an expectation of nearly all employed professionals in Kansas City. Given that having such coverage is a legal requirement, employers should not be shocked or upset when employees need to use it. Retaliating against an employee for seeking workers' compensation may be illegal, and could not only net an employer fines and other penalties, but also open it up to civil litigation.
Workers in Kansas City may often come across toxic chemicals without knowing. There are many situations where this can happen. For instance, an employer may have failed to inform its employees about toxins in the substances they handle. Another possibility is that the worker may have entered a work area without proper gear to protect them from toxins other employees were handling.
If you have been injured in an on-the-job accident or if you have developed an illness due to a work-related situation, you may need to seek workers' compensation benefits in Missouri. These benefits can provide assistance with medical treatments as well as compensate you for some of the time you may miss from work due to your injury or condition. Understanding how to file a workers' compensation claim is important in these situations.
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.
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.
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.