Kansas Workers’ Compensation – What If I Can’t Return to Work?

Most Kansas workers are able to receive the medical treatment that they need in order to return to work after going through the workers’ compensation process.  Whether the employee has suffered a back injury, broken bones, head or neck injury, or perhaps a serious illness, there is a chance of a full recovery, but there is also a chance that the employee may not be able to work in the same job field at the same intensity.  It is always unfortunate when an employee must adapt his or her future employment because of a previous workplace injury.

For example, if your employment requires you to operate a vehicle on a regular basis, and you suffer an injury that prevents you from operating a vehicle in the same way, you would need to find suitable employment to accommodate the aftermath of your workplace injury.  If you are able to return to work, but the type of employment is different, workers’ compensation provides a way to help you find a suitable job.

However, if you are unable to return to any type of employment due to your workplace injury, you may be entitled to permanent disability assistance.  In such cases, it is essential that you consult with a Kansas workers’ compensation attorney who can explain to you what the potential consequences are of not being able to return to work, and what types of disability benefits you may qualify for.

How Will I Know If I Can’t Return to Work?

As part of filing a workers’ compensation claim, you will have to be examined by an independent physician to determine in what way your injuries were suffered while on the job, the severity of your injuries, and the likelihood that you will be able to return to work.  If you have been told by a physician that you cannot return to the same job, you will have to determine if there is other work you can take on that will not harm your current physical condition.

For example, as described above, if you are not able to operate a vehicle following a workplace injury, and this is a key function of your employment, you may consider what other types of jobs that you and your physician believe would be suitable for your current physical condition.  Perhaps you could have a desk job or other sedentary job that does not require you to do any physical activity that will make your condition worse.

However, if there simply is no type of employment that you or your physician believe will be suitable for you, disability benefits might be the only logical option.  With such benefits, the approval process may be difficult as you will have to provide a substantial amount of documentation to prove that you are unable to work, including your medical records and a physician’s determination that there is simply no type of employment that will accommodate your prior workplace injury.

Contact Kansas City Workers’ Compensation Attorney Michael R. Lawless Today to Schedule a Free Consultation 

If you have filed a workers’ compensation claim, or are planning to file a workers’ compensation claim, it is important that you fully understand what your options are after you have received the compensation you deserve for your workplace injury.  Michael R. Lawless is a Kansas City workers’ compensation attorney with more than 27 years of experience advocating for his clients’ rights to receive compensation for injuries they have suffered while on the job.  To speak with Michael R. Lawless about your workplace injury, contact Michael R. Lawless, PA today by calling (913) 681-5566, or toll-free at (800) 734-3771, to schedule your free consultation.  You can also contact us online and we will contact you right away to discuss your potential case.