Frequently Asked Questions
Kansas City Workers' Compensation Attorney
If workers' comp is my legal right, why do I need a lawyer?
Although you do have a right to
workers' compensation per the law, there are deadlines and certain requirements that must be
met. From the very beginning, the employer, its insurance carrier and
the doctors they choose are looking for ways to either deny your claim
entirely or to minimize the benefits you should be paid. With over 40
years of combined experience, the workers' compensation attorneys
at Haight Stang, LLC know how to make the laws work for
and to see that your rights are protected. We can help you to receive
the right kind of medical treatment for your injuries, temporary total
disability benefits for your time missed from work and the maximum recovery
for any permanent disability your injuries may cause.
My claim hasn't been denied. How will a lawyer help me?
While they are far too infrequent, there are times when your employer and
its insurance carrier will provide appropriate medical treatment without
contesting the claim. They may even make a settlement offer afterwards
for your permanent partial disability. The problem is that such an offer
almost NEVER reflects the true and fair amount of disability benefits
you are legally entitled to. Of course, if you never speak with an experienced
workers' compensation attorney, how will you ever know?
With our aggressive yet honest approach, we will work with you to determine
whether any settlement offer is fair. We will also explain the process
required to pursue and maximize your benefits. Most importantly, if you
are entitled to permanent disability benefits, we will
GUARANTEE that you will not receive less in your pocket by using our firm. The choice
will be yours to make, and you literally have nothing to lose by contacting us.
The company doctor says my injury isn't work related. What can I do?
You should never forget that the doctor who the employer and insurance
carrier send you to is paid for
by them. Those doctors know that the goal is to either minimize your injuries
or to deny them altogether. Fortunately,
they do not have the final say in this. If needed, we can send you to one of
our own doctors for a different point of view on the treatment you may
need and the cause for your injuries. Under certain circumstances, we
can even force the insurance company to pay for the evaluation! Contact
us to find out more.
Are there options for compensation besides workers' compensation?
Depending on the specifics of your case, there may be additional options
for pursuing compensation and damages. In very limited circumstances,
you may be able to file a claim against your employer directly. More often,
your other avenue will involve
third party liability. This exists where an individual or organization not affiliated with your
employer was responsible for your accident or injury while you were on
the job. For example, if you were harmed by defective machinery at your
workplace, you may be able to sue the manufacturer or seller. If civil
damages can be obtained due to a third party's negligence, this is
in addition to the benefits you will be entitled to under workers'