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What You Should Know About Workers’ Comp Law In Kansas

A claim may be denied if an employee fails to notify their employer within the earliest of the following dates:

  • 30 calendar days from the date of the accident or the date of injury by repetitive trauma
  • If the employee is working for the employer against whom benefits are being sought and such employee seeks medical treatment for any injury by accident or repetitive trauma, 20 calendar days from the date such medical treatment is sought
  • If the employee no longer works for the employer against whom benefits are being sought, 20 calendar days after the employee’s last day of actual work for the employer

Notice may be given orally or in writing. Where notice is provided orally, if the employer has designated an individual or department to whom notice must be given and such designation has been communicated in writing to the employee, notice to any other individual or department shall be insufficient under this section.

If the employer has not designated an individual or department to whom notice must be given, notice must be provided to a supervisor or manager. Where notice is provided in writing, notice must be sent to a supervisor or manager at the employee’s principal location of employment.

The notice, whether provided orally or in writing, shall include the time, date, place, the person injured and particulars of such injury. It must be apparent from the content of the notice that the employee is claiming benefits under the workers’ compensation act or has suffered a work-related injury.

Follow Employer’s Instructions

This is important for getting medical aid along with following the doctor’s instructions.

Medical Benefits

An injured worker is entitled to all medical services reasonably necessary to cure and relieve the worker from the effects of the injury. The employer has the right to select the doctor who will treat the injury. A worker may seek the services of an unauthorized physician up to a limit of $50,000. A worker may apply to the workers’ compensation director to change the authorized treating doctor. Reimbursement for travel to obtain medical treatment is payable at a rate set by law for trips that are five miles or more (round trip).

Weekly Benefits

Benefits are paid by the employer’s insurance carrier or self-insurance program. Injured workers are not entitled to compensation for the first week they are off work unless they lose three consecutive weeks. The first compensation payment is normally due at the end of the 14th day of lost time. An injured employee is entitled to a weekly amount of 66⅔ percent of his/her average weekly wage up to a maximum of 75 percent of the state’s average weekly wage. These benefits are subject to legislative changes. If the injury results in permanent disability, the Kansas workers’ compensation law provides for additional benefits.

Responsibilities Of The Employer

1. Employers must report all employee injuries to the division of workers’ compensation within 28 days from the date of injury, or the date the employer learned about the injury when the employee is wholly or partially incapacitated for more than the remainder of the day, turn or shift.

2. Employers must provide for the payment of workers’ compensation claims without any charge to employees.

3. Employers must post the workers’ compensation notice prepared by the director.

4. Employers must pay compensation benefits, regardless of insurance coverage.

5. Upon receiving notice of an injury, the employer must provide the employee with written information to assist the injured worker in understanding his/her rights and responsibilities in obtaining compensation.

Information provided by the Division of Workers Compensation — Ombudsman/Claims Advisory unit.