Kansas Workers' Compensation Lawyer
Workplace accidents demand strong legal action. Protect your rights. Contact Bretz & Young.
While a Kansas workers' compensation claim should be easy, these cases sometimes can become complex and frustrating for those who are injured and simply want the compensation, dignity, and benefits they deserve. Your employer and its insurance company may be unresponsive. They may put hurdles in your way. If you're hurt on the job, you may need to fight aggressively to get fair compensation for your medical expenses and loss of income.
Fortunately, you don’t have to wage your battle on your own. We can help. At Bretz & Young – located in Hutchinson, Salina, Wichita, Garden City, Dodge City, Liberal, and Hays – our experienced Kansas workers’ compensation lawyers can be with you every step of the way, from filling out forms to obtain benefits to appealing a denied claim.
We have a strong track record of success. Our attorneys have helped injury victims obtain more than $230 million in verdicts and settlements throughout Kansas. We're proud of our case results and we're eager to help you!
What is workers' compensation?
Workers' compensation is a form of insurance which provides certain benefits-in exchange for giving up other rights-when a person is injured on the job. The first thing to look at when you have been injured on the job is whether your employment is covered by workers' compensation. Most states have a minimum payroll for an employer before requiring the employer to carry workers' compensation insurance.
Under workers' compensation laws, employees have rights to certain benefits. In Kansas, these may include:
- Medical treatment
- Lost wage benefits during medical treatment (TTD)
- Money for permanent disability (PTD)
- Future medical rights
- Future lost wages (WD)
- Review and modification
Workers' compensation benefits are generally divided into four main categories:
- Temporary total disability is paid when you are unable to engage in any type of substantial and gainful employment.
- Permanent partial disability is paid when you return to work at a wage less than the wage at the time of your injury.
- Permanent total disability is paid when you are completely and permanently incapable of engaging in any substantial or gainful employment.
- Permanent partial disability is paid when you sustain a permanent loss of use of a body part or are otherwise disabled in a manner which is partial in character and permanent in quality.
What type of work comp cases does Bretz & Young handle?
How do workplace accidents happen? Why are people injured on the job? The following are some common scenarios:
- Overexertion injuries - Workers lifting, pushing or pulling heavy objects often sustain serious injuries.
- Slip and fall accidents - Employees can sustain severe injuries slipping or tripping on water, grease or other hazardous substances.
- Falls from a height - Construction and oil field accidents in particular often involve workers falling from high places and injuring their head, neck or back.
- Machine injuries - Workers who operate machinery sometimes sustain injuries, especially to their arms or legs.
- Vehicle accidents - People who drive as part of their job often sustain serious injuries in car or truck accidents during working hours.
- Repetitive motion injuries - Carpal tunnel syndrome, persistent back pain and vision problems are just some examples of injuries sustained by workers who perform the same task for hours at a time.
Why it's important to talk to a Kansas workers' comp lawyer as soon as possible
You only have a limited amount of time to take legal action after you sustain an injury at work. Specifically, under the current Kansas Workers' Compensation Act, in most cases you only have 20 calendar days from the date of the accident or repetitive trauma to notify your employer.
If you are represented by Bretz & Young, we will work with you to make sure you receive the benefits you deserve, the medical care you need, and the time to recover from your workplace injury. We want to learn more about your case and explain all the legal options available to you.
Contact us for a free consultation right now. We can consult with you over the phone, or we can meet with you in our office, your home, your hospital room, or another location that is convenient for you. Call (866) 881-0103 for a fast, free claim analysis. Se habla español.