Many workplace injuries are sudden, and it is clear when you have been injured or become ill due to something that happened on one occasion in the workplace setting. However, some injuries develop over time and are a little more difficult to link to the workplace. A very common injury that many workers have are a variety of back problems. Depending on your job duties, back problems can occur suddenly, or they can occur slowly over a period of time.
Does Your Job Description Require Physical Labor?
If you are required to lift heavy items as part of your job description, and you have been working in this position for quite some time, you may have a valid workers’ compensation claim that can link your back injury to the workplace. On the other hand, if your job function requires you to sit down all day and simply do clerical work such as typing, answering the phones and the like, then you may have a difficult time successfully filing a workers’ compensation claim. For you to recover, you would have to prove that your back injury was the result of some particular incident that happened in the workplace. For example, if you fell and hurt your back on one occasion while at work, then you may have a valid workers’ compensation claim where you can receive compensation to cover your medical expenses and lost wages. If you cannot link your back injury to any particular event, then you may not be able to receive compensation.
As part of filing a workers’ compensation claim, you may be required to produce documentation that you did not have any back injuries prior to starting the job you currently have. If it is found that you have a previous diagnosis that relates to your back injury, your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier may have grounds to deny your workers’ compensation claim. However, if there is no record of you having a back injury prior to working at your current job, then you may be able to receive the compensation you deserve.
In order to understand the workers’ compensation process, and to know what documentation you will need, it is best to speak with a Kansas workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible before you file a workers’ compensation claim. An attorney can answer key questions before you start the process of filing a claim and having to seek medical treatment for your condition. It is best to know right away what you are facing. An attorney will evaluate your potential workers’ compensation claim and provide you with an honest opinion as to whether you will be able to link your back injury to a workplace incident, whether that incident was a sudden, one-time thing, or if it was a series of incidents that occurred over time.
Contact Michael R. Lawless, PA to Schedule Your Free Consultation
If you believe your back injury is work-related, you may be entitled to compensation. In order to learn more, you need to speak with a qualified Kansas workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible. Instead of filing a claim on your own, allow an attorney to ensure you can prove that your back injury is a result of workplace activity. This can be difficult to prove at times, and Kansas workers’ compensation attorney Michael R. Lawless has the skill and 27 years of experience to link your injury to the workplace. To learn more, contact Michael R. Lawless today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your potential workers’ compensation claim. You can reach our Lenexa, Kansas office by calling (913) 681-5566, or you may reach us toll-free by calling 1 (800) 734-3771. If you wish to contact us online, we will get back with you as soon as possible.