Getting injured on the job can feel like quite an insult, and getting resistance regarding the financial compensation and assistance you deserve only rubs salt in the wound. At the Law Office of Michael J. Joshi, I am proud to serve as a workers compensation attorney representing the hardworking residents of Kansas City & Lenexa.
A Workers Compensation Attorney You Can Trust
In my years of experience as a workers compensation attorney, I have see many injured employees who are unable to return to work for a long period of time, sometimes even indefinitely or permanently. These cases can have a disastrous effect on your life. A workplace has the responsibility to protect the health and safety of all employees, and when they fail to do so, employees may be eligible for benefits to support them and their families during the period of unemployment. This support can help injured employees keep food on the table and a roof over their heads in what can be a very challenging time.
Our Kansas City & Lenexa Workers Compensation Attorney can help with a variety of cases
I am able to represent clients in a wide variety of work injury cases, including:
- Construction Site & Indusrtial Accidents
- Workplace Accident & Injury
- Neck, shoulder and back injuries.
- Repetitive motion injuries.
- Chemical burns.
- Bone fractures
- Brain and head injuries.
- Joint injuries.
The treating physician will make this determination.
Do My Disability Benefits Begin Right Away?
No, each state has what is called a waiting period before benefits begin. In Missouri, for example, no benefits are paid for the first three business days after the injury, but will be paid if the disability lasts at least 14 days. In contrast, the waiting period is seven days in Kansas, but benefits will be retroactively paid if the disability lasts for three consecutive weeks.
Can I Choose My Own Doctor?
Legally, you do have that right, but economically it is seldom possible. Under the workers’ compensation system, the employer has the right to choose the doctor. If you elect to see another medical professional, it will be at your own expense, although Kansas does allow a maximum of $500 to cover medical expenses for this purpose. Additionally, even if you have private health insurance, most providers will not cover work-related injuries.
What If I Am Denied Benefits or Released to Go Back to Work When I Am Unable to?
If you have been denied or have not received all the benefits you are entitled to, you have the right to appeal that decision, says a Kansas City & Lenexa workers compensation lawyer. Each state has a variety of methods to resolve such disputes. Typically, you must provide your employer with written notice of your disagreement and try to resolve the issue with the employer directly. The state’s workers’ compensation division provides alternate dispute resolution procedures such as mediation and informal conferences. Ultimately, if you are unable to reach a satisfactory resolution, it is possible to request an administrative law hearing where a judge will hear the case, receive evidence and testimony and reach a conclusion. At every stage of this appeal process, you have the right to be represented by the legal counsel of a workers compensation attorney.