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Kansas Workers’ Compensation and Crush Injuries

Each year, over 120,000 workers will suffer from crush injuries which occur when the body is caught or trapped between two objects or entangled in machinery.  These hazards are sometimes referred to as “pinch points.”  The physical force exerted on the body when trapped in a pinch point can vary, resulting in injuries that range from scraping and bruising to mangled limbs, amputated body parts, and death.

Crush injuries are among the most serious injuries experienced by Kansas workers.  Employees injured in a pinch point can pursue compensation for their medical expenses, missed time from work, physical therapy, permanent disability, and more through Kansas’ workers’ compensation system.

Common Causes of Crush Injuries

There are a number of causes of crush injuries on the job site, including:

  • Being hit by a falling object, such as a piece of equipment or machinery
  • Being pinned down or stuck between two objects, such as a building and a piece of equipment or a motor vehicle
  • The collapse of a structure on top of the employee
  • Limbs stuck in machinery
  • Being run over by equipment or machinery
  • Equipment tipping over, trapping the employee
  • Defects in equipment or machinery

The potential for crush injuries exists in most workplaces, but they happen with regularity in the manufacturing and construction fields.

Injuries that Result from Being Crushed   

When an employee’s body is crushed between two objects, the muscle cells start to die almost instantly.  There are three mechanisms within the body that cause the cells to die.  The disruption of the cells experienced when a part of the body is crushed is referred to as lysis. The continued pressure exerted on the muscle cells causes them to become ischemic, during which period they generate lactic acid and begin to leak.  Vascular compromise refers to the lack of blood flow that often results from compression of vessels experienced during a crush injury.

Crush injury victims may sustain the following injuries:

  • Damage to muscles
  • Damage to skin tissue
  • Damage to nerves
  • Severing of limbs
  • Compartment syndrome
  • Amputation of limbs
  • Paralysis
  • Broken bones
  • Organ damage
  • Death

Crush injuries often lead to severe disability and have a high probability of complications, such as swelling, infection, blood clots, phantom pain, heart problems, and the need for further amputation.  The extent of the injury will depend on the unique circumstances, including the part of the body involved and the time spent being stuck between two objects.

A Kansas workers’ compensation attorney will help you to obtain coverage for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, permanent disability, and more.  Even if the accident was partially your fault, you can receive compensation for expenses stemming from your workplace accident.

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

Crush injuries in the workplace are among the most severe and more difficult to obtain adequate workers’ compensation coverage due to the serious and sometimes long-term injuries that result.   If your workers’ compensation claim has been denied or if you are confused as to the workers’ compensation claim process, Michael R. Lawless, P.C. can help.  The Kansas Workers’ Compensation Attorney Michael R. Lawless of Michael R. Lawless, PA, devotes his practice to helping injured clients obtain the benefits they deserve.  To schedule a free consultation with Michael R. Lawless, contact our office today by calling locally at (913) 681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at (800) 734-3771.  You may also contact us online and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

Electrocution and Burn Injuries in the Kansas Workplace

Electrical accidents happen most frequently in the workplace.  According to the Bureau of Labor & Statistics, electrocution is the fifth leading cause of workplace related deaths.  Each year, over 500 workers will perish by electrocution on the job site.  Employees whose jobs place them in close proximity to electrical sources are at the highest risk for electrocution and electrical burns.

Those who experience an electrical injury on the job site in Kansas generally have the right to receipt of workers’ compensation benefits.  Workers’ compensation insurance will cover an injured employee’s medical bills and a portion of lost wages.  Further, all employees are protected from retaliatory action for filing a workers’ compensation claim.

Shocked on the Job: Who Is Most at Risk for Electrical Injuries?

Employees working in the following fields have a heightened risk of electrocution and electrical accidents:

  • Electricians
  • Utility workers
  • Construction workers
  • Manufacturing workers

Overhead power lines are the number one source of electrical fatalities, so anyone who works at a job that requires contact with power lines is at a high risk for electrocution.

Electric Shock, Electrocution, and Burns

Electric shock occurs often as a result of ungrounded power supplies, wear and tear in machines or wiring, a lack of safety gear on machines, and contact with overhead or underground electrical cords.

Common electric shock injuries include:

  • Burns
  • Tissue, nerve, or muscle damage
  • Respiratory and cardiac arrest
  • Organ damage
  • Nerve damage
  • Brain damage
  • Neurological damage
  • Heart attack
  • Internal bleeding
  • Wrongful death by electrocution

Burn injuries are not caused solely by fires.  Electrical accidents, explosions, chemical exposure, defective products, and workplace accidents can also inflict to burns.  Electrical burns are often severe and lead to:

  • Infection
  • Tissue and nerve damage
  • Loss of sight, smell, hearing, or taste
  • Disfigurement or scarring
  • Inhalation injuries

Liability for Electric Shock Injuries

Employees injured in an electrical accident will often incur significant medical bills, require an extended recovery time, and be unable to maintain work obligations.  Workers additionally experience pain and suffering and sometimes troubling emotional or psychological affects.  Regardless of fault for the accident, Kansas employees injured in electrical accidents may pursue benefits through workers’ compensation.  Additionally, any family who loses a loved one due to electrocution may seek death benefits through workers’ compensation insurance.

The workers’ compensation process can be complex and often the insurer will deny coverage or limit benefits.  All injured employees, and particularly those who experienced an injury that resulted in a long term disability, should consult with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney early on who can help ensure they receive the full extent of the benefits to which they are entitled.

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

Injuries due to electrocution can be among the most severe and more difficult to obtain adequate workers’ compensation coverage due to the serious and sometimes long-term injuries that result.    If your workers’ compensation claim has been denied or if you are confused as to the workers’ compensation claim process, Michael R. Lawless, P.C. can help.  The Kansas Workers’ Compensation Attorney Michael R. Lawless of Michael R. Lawless, PA, devotes his practice to helping injured clients obtain the benefits they deserve.  To schedule a free consultation with Michael R. Lawless, contact our office today by calling locally at (913) 681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at (800) 734-3771.  You may also contact us online and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

Kansas Workers’ Compensation and Repetitive Motion or Cumulative Trauma Injuries

Millions of workers each year suffer from injuries that are not the result of sudden or traumatic injury; rather, these injuries develop gradually over an extended period of time at work, during a course of repetitive actions.  Repetitive stress injuries, repetitive motion injuries, and cumulative trauma injuries are all terms used to commonly describe injuries that occur over time from actions or exposures on the job.  Repetitive stress injuries can have just as a debilitating an effect, if not more so, than sudden injuries, often leaving the employee unable to perform vital work tasks or even daily living activities.

Under Kansas workers’ compensation law, cumulative trauma and repetitive stress injuries are recognized to the same extent as specific injuries caused by a singular event.  However, it is often more difficult for an injured employee to prove the repetitive stress injury arose within the course and scope of employment, and the employer was timely notified.  As such, employees who are suffering from repetitive stress injuries will often require the assistance of an experienced Kansas workers’ compensation attorney to receive the benefits to which they are entitled.

Repetitive Jobs

Repetitive motion injuries can occur in nearly any workplace, but those jobs are require employees to repeat the same motions over and over are most likely to cause repetitive stress injuries.  Employees in the following occupations are statistically more likely to develop cumulative trauma injuries:

  • Factory workers, including shoe and clothing factory workers
  • Shipping and packing workers
  • Bus drivers
  • Fish processing workers
  • School teachers
  • Typists and secretaries
  • Machinists, insulators, and other employees who are exposed to harmful airborne substances on a frequent basis
  • Paints
  • Police officers and firearm, who often experience psychological injury from cumulative emotional stress
  • Janitors
  • Cleaning people
  • Administrative assistants
  • Truck drivers

Injuries Associated with Repetitive Motion and Cumulative Trauma

Some of the injuries most commonly associated with repetitive motion or cumulative trauma in the workplace include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Hearing loss
  • Back injuries
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Asthma and lung disease
  • Knee injuries
  • Wrist or hand pain
  • Emotional injury
  • Epicondylitis

All of these injuries can have a debilitating impact on an employee, frequently resulting in substantial medical bills, physical therapy, and missed time from work.

Receiving Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Repetitive Motion and Cumulative Trauma Injuries

Under Kansas’ workers’ compensation system, repetitive stress injuries arising within the workplace are recognized and included within the system.  Employees who experience such injuries must notify their employer as soon as possible, as there are deadlines within which to provide notice or risk foreclosure of your action.

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

Injuries due to repetitive stress or cumulative trauma can be among the most difficult to obtain adequate workers’ compensation coverage due to the prolonged nature of the injuries and often intensive medical treatment required. If your workers’ compensation claim has been denied or if you are confused as to the workers’ compensation claim process, Michael R. Lawless, P.C. can help.  The Kansas Workers’ Compensation Attorney Michael R. Lawless of Michael R. Lawless, PA, devotes his practice to helping injured clients obtain the benefits they deserve.  To schedule a free consultation with Michael R. Lawless, contact our office today by calling locally at (913) 681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at (800) 734-3771.  You may also contact us online and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

Officials Warn Kansas City Residents to Be Wary of Illegal Fireworks

Earlier this month, a south Kansas City house exploded, knocking off its foundation and injuring six people, two of them critically.  Investigators quickly uncovered the reason for the explosion—the people inside were manufacturing illegal fireworks.  Legally sold fireworks can have no more than 50 milligrams of flash powder.  Illegal fireworks, however, are often created to be 20 times more powerful.  As the recent Kansas City explosion illustrates, accidents involving these potent fireworks are not the typical fireworks burn; the results are often serious injuries and even death.  Three years ago, in Independence, an illegal fireworks explosion killed a man and threw his body in the backyard of another house.

Around July 4th, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives begins to hear more and more reports of illegal fireworks being sold on the street.  These fireworks are popular for their explosive capacity.  Materials cost little and the sale price of these homemade fireworks can be quite high, as manufacturers ask whatever they want.

The individuals inside the Kansas City house that exploded had been selling illegal fireworks for over two years.  One resident of the home reported that he helped make about 1,500 explosives last July. The residents further informed investigators that bowls of open explosives were left out in the basement.

ATF investigators find that often illegal fireworks manufacturers work in dirty facilities coated with explosive power.  They often find bulk powder and fuses. Sometimes, manufacturers actually disassemble consumer fireworks and remanufacturer them to a higher power, often leading to accidents.

John Ham, an ATF spokesman, warned that it does not take much for these illegal fireworks to go off.  Furthermore, it is often difficult to identify an illegal explosive.  Most fireworks do not come with labels and look essentially the same.

In 2012, the Consumer Product Safety Commission received reports of six fireworks deaths occurring outside the workplace.  At least two involved homemade fireworks.

Kansas City officials advise residents to use caution in purchasing fireworks.  Only buy from reputable stores and avoid any roadside or potentially homemade purchases.  If you observe activity that indicates a neighbor may be making illegal fireworks, report it to the authorities in order to protect your own home from the dangerous possibility of an explosion.

If you are injured in a fireworks accident involving a potentially illegal firework, the manufacturer of this product may be liable for your injuries.  Those who negligently sell such a dangerous product could be held responsible for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more.  They will also face criminal charges.  Contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible following a fireworks accident so that prompt investigations can ensue.

Contact Kansas City Personal Injury Attorney Michael R. Lawless Today for a Free Consultation

The Lenexa, Kansas Personal Injury Attorneys at the law firm of Michael R. Lawless, P.A. urge anyone who has been injured in a fireworks accident to contact our office.  Our personal injury attorneys have represented clients in a wide range of accidents for over 27 years.  We will carefully examine the circumstances surrounding your fireworks related injury and determine whether negligence or a product defect played a role in the accident.  We will then guide you towards a full recovery.  To schedule a free consultation to discuss your potential fireworks accident case, contact Michael R. Lawless, PA by calling our office locally at (913) 681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at (800) 734-3771.  You may also contact us online and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

 

 

Kansas Workers’ Compensation Attorney Discusses Repetitive Motion or Cumulative Trauma Injuries

Millions of workers each year suffer from injuries that are not the result of sudden or traumatic injury; rather, these injuries develop gradually over an extended period of time at work, during a course of repetitive actions.  Repetitive stress injuries, repetitive motion injuries, and cumulative trauma injuries are all terms used to commonly describe injuries that occur over time from actions or exposures on the job.  Repetitive stress injuries can have just as a debilitating an effect, if not more so, than sudden injuries, often leaving the employee unable to perform vital work tasks or even daily living activities.

Under Kansas workers’ compensation law, cumulative trauma and repetitive stress injuries are recognized to the same extent as specific injuries caused by a singular event.  However, it is often more difficult for an injured employee to prove the repetitive stress injury arose within the course and scope of employment, and the employer was timely notified.  As such, employees who are suffering from repetitive stress injuries will often require the assistance of an experienced Kansas workers’ compensation attorney to receive the benefits to which they are entitled.

Repetitive Jobs

Repetitive motion injuries can occur in nearly any workplace, but those jobs are require employees to repeat the same motions over and over are most likely to cause repetitive stress injuries.  Employees in the following occupations are statistically more likely to develop cumulative trauma injuries:

  • Factory workers, including shoe and clothing factory workers
  • Shipping and packing workers
  • Bus drivers
  • Fish processing workers
  • School teachers
  • Typists and secretaries
  • Machinists, insulators, and other employees who are exposed to harmful airborne substances on a frequent basis
  • Paints
  • Police officers and firearm, who often experience psychological injury from cumulative emotional stress
  • Janitors
  • Cleaning people
  • Administrative assistants
  • Truck drivers

Injuries Associated with Repetitive Motion and Cumulative Trauma

Some of the injuries most commonly associated with repetitive motion or cumulative trauma in the workplace include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Hearing loss
  • Back injuries
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Asthma and lung disease
  • Knee injuries
  • Wrist or hand pain
  • Emotional injury
  • Epicondylitis

All of these injuries can have a debilitating impact on an employee, frequently resulting in substantial medical bills, physical therapy, and missed time from work.

Receiving Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Repetitive Motion and Cumulative Trauma Injuries

Under Kansas’ workers’ compensation system, repetitive stress injuries arising within the workplace are recognized and included within the system.  Employees who experience such injuries must notify their employer as soon as possible, as there are deadlines within which to provide notice or risk foreclosure of your action.

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

Injuries due to repetitive stress or cumulative trauma can be among the most difficult to obtain adequate workers’ compensation coverage due to the prolonged nature of the injuries and often intensive medical treatment required. If your workers’ compensation claim has been denied or if you are confused as to the workers’ compensation claim process, Michael R. Lawless, P.C. can help.  The Kansas Workers’ Compensation Attorney Michael R. Lawless of Michael R. Lawless, PA, devotes his practice to helping injured clients obtain the benefits they deserve.  To schedule a free consultation with Michael R. Lawless, contact our office today by calling locally at (913) 681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at (800) 734-3771.  You may also contact us online and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

Kansas Workers’ Compensation Attorney Discusses Workers’ Compensation and Crush Injuries

Each year, over 120,000 workers will suffer from crush injuries which occur when the body is caught or trapped between two objects or entangled in machinery.  These hazards are sometimes referred to as “pinch points.”  The physical force exerted on the body when trapped in a pinch point can vary, resulting in injuries that range from scraping and bruising to mangled limbs, amputated body parts, and death.

Crush injuries are among the most serious injuries experienced by Kansas workers.  Employees injured in a pinch point can pursue compensation for their medical expenses, missed time from work, physical therapy, permanent disability, and more through Kansas’ workers’ compensation system.

Common Causes of Crush Injuries

There are a number of causes of crush injuries on the job site, including:

  • Being hit by a falling object, such as a piece of equipment or machinery
  • Being pinned down or stuck between two objects, such as a building and a piece of equipment or a motor vehicle
  • The collapse of a structure on top of the employee
  • Limbs stuck in machinery
  • Being run over by equipment or machinery
  • Equipment tipping over, trapping the employee
  • Defects in equipment or machinery

The potential for crush injuries exists in most workplaces, but they happen with regularity in the manufacturing and construction fields.

Injuries that Result from Being Crushed  

When an employee’s body is crushed between two objects, the muscle cells start to die almost instantly.  There are three mechanisms within the body that cause the cells to die.  The disruption of the cells experienced when a part of the body is crushed is referred to as lysis. The continued pressure exerted on the muscle cells causes them to become ischemic, during which period they generate lactic acid and begin to leak.  Vascular compromise refers to the lack of blood flow that often results from compression of vessels experienced during a crush injury.

Crush injury victims may sustain the following injuries:

  • Damage to muscles
  • Damage to skin tissue
  • Damage to nerves
  • Severing of limbs
  • Compartment syndrome
  • Amputation of limbs
  • Paralysis
  • Broken bones
  • Organ damage
  • Death

Crush injuries often lead to severe disability and have a high probability of complications, such as swelling, infection, blood clots, phantom pain, heart problems, and the need for further amputation.  The extent of the injury will depend on the unique circumstances, including the part of the body involved and the time spent being stuck between two objects.

A Kansas workers’ compensation attorney will help you to obtain coverage for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, permanent disability, and more.  Even if the accident was partially your fault, you can receive compensation for expenses stemming from your workplace accident.

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

Crush injuries in the workplace are among the most severe and more difficult to obtain adequate workers’ compensation coverage due to the serious and sometimes long-term injuries that result.   If your workers’ compensation claim has been denied or if you are confused as to the workers’ compensation claim process, Michael R. Lawless, P.C. can help.  The Kansas Workers’ Compensation Attorney Michael R. Lawless of Michael R. Lawless, PA, devotes his practice to helping injured clients obtain the benefits they deserve.  To schedule a free consultation with Michael R. Lawless, contact our office today by calling locally at (913) 681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at (800) 734-3771.  You may also contact us online and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions About Workers’ Compensation in Kansas: Part II

Injuries on the job can be devastating, leaving an employee unable to work, in pain, and traveling to and from doctor’s offices for sometimes extended periods of time.  Workers’ compensation is intended to provide injured employees with reliable coverage for their medical bills and lost wages stemming from an on the job injury.  However, the workers’ compensation system does not always make it easy for employees to obtain the benefits to which they are entitled.

In Part I of this two part series, we began our list of questions frequently asked by employees who have been injured on the job.  In this segment, we continue our list, delving further into some specifics concerning workers’ compensation in Kansas.

What types of injuries or illnesses are covered under workers’ compensation?

Virtually any type of work-related injury or illness will be covered by workers’ compensation.  Some commonly covered conditions include: back injuries, traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, wounds, bodily reactions to substances, burns, and repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome.

What is arising out and in the course of employment?

The only requirement for the injury or illness is that it must arise out of or in the course of employment.  “Rising out of” refers to some connection between the employment and the injury.  “In the course of” refers to injuries occurring while at work or during the course of work.  For instance, an employee who suffers from carpal tunnel due to typing at work has an injury that arose out of employment.  An employee who suffers an injury while punched in is in the course of their employment.

Do I need a workers’ compensation attorney to help me obtain the benefits to which I am entitled?

A workers’ compensation attorney can prove vital to navigating the intricate workers’ compensation system and fighting for your full coverage.  While not every injury will warrant the assistance of an attorney, those who have sustained a serious injury that will require time off work and significant medical expenses would be wise to consult with a workers’ compensation attorney from the start.

What if my claim for workers’ compensation is denied or not fully covered?

If your workers’ compensation claim has been denied or not fully covered, it does not mean you are out of options.  A workers’ compensation attorney can assist you in appealing the decision and obtaining your maximum coverage.

What if my injury was caused by a third party?

If your injury was not caused by another employee, but by a third party, you may be able to sue that third party outside of the workers’ compensation system.  Employees injured by a defective product or an at fault driver could seek recovery in separate action.  Your experienced workers’ compensation attorney can evaluate your case and determine all possible avenues for recovery.

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

Workers’ compensation claims can be complex and stressful.  Those injured on the job may experience uncertainty as to whether they should file a workers’ compensation claim.  It is important that any injured worker fully understand their rights and obligations that are attached to filing a workers’ compensation claim before actually deciding to file a claim.  To better understand what to expect, and what you might receive after filing a workers’ compensation claim, you should consult with a Kansas Workers’ Compensation Lawyer right away.  Kansas workers’ compensation attorney Michael R. Lawless of Michael R. Lawless, PA, devotes his practice to helping injured clients get back on their feet.  To schedule a free consultation with Michael R. Lawless, contact our office today by calling locally at (913) 681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at (800) 734-3771.  You may also contact us online and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions About Workers’ Compensation in Kansas: Part I

Hundreds of thousands of workers will be injured on the job each year.  For most employees, workers’ compensation insurance will offer the sole avenue for recovery of medical bills and lost wages.  However, countless workers will have their claims denied or receive less than they are entitled to.  Kansas employees injured on the jobsite are often confused concerning their legal rights following the accident and how best to protect them.  In an effort to help you better understand workers’ compensation insurance and your rights under it, we have prepared a two part compilation of frequently asked questions.

What is workers’ compensation?

Workers’ compensation is a mandatory insurance contract, required by law to provide compensation for injuries sustained which arise out of and in the course of employment.  The workers’ compensation system is designed to offer a reliable procedure for compensating employees for work-related injury or industrial illness.

Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system.  Injured workers will be covered for their injuries regardless of whether they acted negligently or contributed to the accident.  In exchange for such broad coverage, the employee is prevented from suing the employer for the injury, except under limited circumstances.

Most employers are required by law to carry workers’ compensation, but certain small or agricultural employers will be exempt.

What are the time limits in a Kansas workers’ compensation claim?

In Kansas, workers are required to orally report the accident or injury to the employer with ten days of its occurrence.  In some cases, an employee will be allowed 75 days if just cause is shown for the delay.  The employee then has 200 days from the date of the accident to serve a written claim upon the employer.  Within three years of the accident, an Application for Hearing must be filed with the Division of Workers’ Compensation.

Failure to notify your employer of the accident within the requisite time periods can forever bar your claim.  Therefore, it is important to act fast and report your accident as soon as possible.

What benefits does workers’ compensation provide?

Workers’ compensation will provide medical and disability benefits.  Kansas’ workers compensation insurance offers 100% coverage for medical expenses incurred due to an accident, including prescription drug coverage, medical appliances, physical therapy, transportation to and from doctors offices, and the like.  The employer does have the right to select the medical provider, but the employee has a fund of $500 to spend on unauthorized medical treatment.

Disability benefits are both temporary and permanent.  The maximum benefits are capped at two-thirds the employees’ average weekly wage, up to a maximum amount which changes annually.

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

Workers’ compensation claims can be complex and stressful.  Those injured on the job may experience uncertainty as to whether they should file a workers’ compensation claim.  It is important that any injured worker fully understand their rights and obligations that are attached to filing a workers’ compensation claim before actually deciding to file a claim.  To better understand what to expect, and what you might receive after filing a workers’ compensation claim, you should consult with a Kansas workers’ compensation attorney right away.  Kansas Workers’ Compensation Attorney Michael R. Lawless of Michael R. Lawless, PA, devotes his practice to helping injured clients get back on their feet.  To schedule a free consultation with Michael R. Lawless, contact our office today by calling locally at (913) 681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at (800) 734-3771.  You may also contact us online and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

Falls on the Jobsite in Kansas

Over 260,000 individuals across the U.S. will experience a fall on the job that requires time off work.  Close to 1,000 employees will die in fatal falls in America.  In Kansas, hundreds of work related falls are reported to the workers’ compensation board annually.  Some of the most common falls include falling off non-moving motor vehicles and ladders.  Over 100 employees die after falling off ladders each year and more than 60 perish from falling off non-moving vehicles.

Dangerous Occupations

Falls can happen in nearly any workplace, but employees in certain occupations are at a greater risk of serious falls.  The vast majority of workplace falls occur in the fields of:

  • Farming
  • Forestry
  • Fishing occupations
  • Construction laborers
  • Carpenters
  • Miners
  • Roofers
  • Structural metal workers
  • Construction supervisors

Studies show the majority of fall related deaths and injuries, some 50%, happen in the construction industry.  This can be attributed to the fact that so many construction workers must perform tasks at high elevations, involving ladders and scaffolding.  Further, the construction industry is generally fast paced and tough deadlines are enforced.  Many temporary or seasonal workers are employed, who may or may not be properly trained.

Types of Work Related Falls

Many different types of falls can occur on the jobsite.  Some of the most common causes of falls while at work include:

  • Falls from ladders
  • Falls from one level to another, i.e. from the roof, down the steps or stairs, from building girders or structural steel, or from trees
  • Falls from scaffolding, staging
  • Falls on the same level
  • From nonmoving vehicles

Injuries Stemming from Falls

An employee’s injuries will depend greatly on the cause of the fall and individual circumstances.  Some of the most common injuries sustained in a fall include:

  • Head injury
  • Brain injury
  • Neck and back injury
  • Broken limbs
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Internal organ damage
  • Death

Obtaining Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Fall Injuries

In the state of Kansas, nearly all public and private employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance.  Employees who are injured in a fall will generally be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits so long as they can show the injury arose in the course and scope of employment.  Further, the employee must notify the supervisor of the accident and their injuries must be severe enough to require either medical attention or time off work.

Workers’ compensation benefits can include: payment for medical bills, prescription drug costs, rehabilitation, wage replacement, mileage reimbursement, and more.

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

Workers’ compensation claims can be complex and stressful.  Those injured in falls on the job may experience uncertainty as to whether they should file a workers’ compensation claim.  It is important that any injured worker fully understand their rights and obligations that are attached to filing a workers’ compensation claim before actually deciding to file a claim.  To better understand what to expect, and what you might receive after filing a workers’ compensation claim, you should consult with a Kansas workers’ compensation attorney right away.  Kansas workers’ compensation attorney Michael R. Lawless of Michael R. Lawless, PA, devotes his practice to helping injured clients get back on their feet.  To schedule a free consultation with Michael R. Lawless, contact our office today by calling locally at (913) 681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at (800) 734-3771.  You may also contact us online and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

Slip and Fall Injuries in the Workplace

The majority of workplace accidents in Kansas and across the nation result from slip and falls.  Slip and falls at work constitute 15% of all accidental deaths, second only to motor vehicles as a cause of accidental fatalities.  Even a minor trip or slip on the jobsite can have serious consequences, leading to head injury, brain injury, sprained muscles, or broken bones, all of which can keep an employee from being able to attend work and perform essential tasks.

Kansas employees injured in slip and fall accidents while on the jobsite may have a valid workers’ compensation claim.  Under the Kansas workers’ compensation system, employees who are injured in a slip and fall accident while in the course and scope of employment will receive benefits.  Employees must timely report their slip and fall injury or their claim will be barred.  Further, employees must sustain injuries significant enough to require medical attention or missed work time in order to obtain benefits.

Slip and fall accident victims can receive workers’ compensation benefits to cover medical expenses, mileage reimbursements, prescription drug costs, payment for vocational rehabilitation, and wage replacement.  Employees who suffer severe injuries, leaving them totally or partially disabled, may be eligible for more extensive benefits.  The family members of those who die in a slip and fall accident while at work could receive death benefits.

Types of Workplace Slip and Falls

There are two general types of workplace falls: same-level falls and elevated falls.

Same level falls account for 65% of all falls.  Common causes of same-level falls include:

  • Slippery surfaces—spills of slippery products or liquid occur in workplaces across Kansas, from retail stores to warehouses and service industry locales.  Slippery surface falls can result in relatively minor injuries like bruising and contusions, but can also cause serious injuries such as fractures or traumatic brain injury.
  • Snow and ice—during the winter months, employers have a duty to keep the workplace, including sidewalks and parking lots, free from dangerous ice or snow.  Despite this obligation, Kansas employees often find themselves slipping and falling on icy surfaces during the winter months.
  • Trips—employees often trip from walking over uneven surfaces or into miss placed or poorly positioned objects.  Employers must take care to fix uneven sidewalks and walking surfaces, including parking areas.  They must also keep the workplace free of debris.

Elevated falls are those that occur from a height.  These falls often occur in the construction industry, agriculture, mining, forestry, and other such occupations.  Elevated falls hold the potential for serious injury and can result in death.

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

Workers’ compensation claims can be complex and stressful.  Those injured in a slip and fall accident on the job in Kansas may experience uncertainty as to whether they should file a workers’ compensation claim.  It is important that any injured worker fully understand their rights and obligations that are attached to filing a workers’ compensation claim before actually deciding to file a claim.  To better understand what to expect, and what you might receive after filing a workers’ compensation claim, you should consult with a Kansas workers’ compensation attorney right away.  Kansas workers’ compensation attorney Michael R. Lawless of Michael R. Lawless, PA, devotes his practice to helping injured clients get back on their feet.  To schedule a free consultation with Michael R. Lawless, contact our office today by calling locally at (913) 681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at (800) 734-3771.  You may also contact us online and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.