Workers' Comp Process

Kansas City Workers' Compensation Lawyer

When you have been injured at work or diagnosed with a work-related illness and you are confused about how to start your claim, don't feel alone. A majority of injured workers, and even employers, don't understand the steps of filing workers' compensation claims.

Workers' compensation is basically insurance your employer must by law provide which covers your medical bills and a percentage of your lost wages when you are off the job because of a work-related injury or illness. With all you will be up against, in addition to recovering from your injury or illness, it is vital to have a Kansas City workers' compensation lawyer on your side. Our goal is to help you understand your rights and to secure the maximum benefits you are entitled to under the law.

Sounds simple, but in the process of acquiring your benefits, you may have to face not only your employer, but also:

  • Your state Division of Workers' Compensation,
  • The insurance company hired by your employer, AND their attorneys,
  • The medical providers treating your injury or illness, and
  • In some cases, a liable third-party at fault for your personal injuries.

Here are the Vital First Steps of the Claims Process:

  • The first step is to report the injury or illness to your employer or a supervisor. Report it as soon as possible, and do it in writing. If you don't, your employer and the insurance company may try to claim you were not actually injured at work. Include: 1) The date, time and place you were injured, 2) the extent of your injuries, and 3) your full name and address. Always make a copy for yourself before you mail it. If you hand-deliver your notice, make a record of the date and time you delivered it, and the name and title of the person you gave it to.
  • Second, it is important to call a workers' compensation lawyer for a free consultation. Even if your employer has accepted your claim, or has agreed to pay your expenses without going through the Missouri workers' compensation system, your employer or the insurance company may leave out important information either on purpose or by mistake. It is important to make sure.
  • Third, choose a doctor from the list of qualified physicians your employer provides. See a doctor and make sure you follow through on your treatment program. In the case your employer states that they will not send you to a doctor of their own, you may be able to see your own doctor or one you choose.

The insurance company hired by your employer will always be represented by experienced workers' compensation attorneys with only one thing in mind: getting you to accept as little treatment, time off work and compensation as possible. Tip the scales in your favor. Contact a Kansas City workers' compensation attorney today.

Meet the Team of Attorneys

Focused on Maximum Compensation for You
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    Michael Haight

    Founding Partner

    Best of the Bar" - Kansas City Business Journal, 2015 Michael Haight graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1993. While there, he was the recipient of both the James P. Mize Trial Advocacy Award and the American Jurisprudence Award in Advanced Litigation . Since 1995, his practice has been limited almost exclusively to workers' compensation claims in both Kansas and Missouri. A Caring Approach Mike spent seven years of his practice representing employers and insurance carriers. ...
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    Michael Stang

    Founding Partner

    Mike Stang received his undergraduate degree from Benedictine College after which he spent a few years as a stockbroker and small business owner. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1998 and has spent his entire legal career practicing in the area of Workers Compensation. Mike spent the first three and a half years of his career working for one of the largest insurance defense law firms in Kansas where he got a first hand look at some of the tactics used by insurance ...

Testimonials from Real Clients

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  • We are more than pleased with the outcome of our case!

    “Michael's knowledge and expertise in dealing with our case has been amazing.”

    - Cheryl S.
  • The highly compassionate treatment will help you through this difficult process.

    “One of those steps should include hiring Michael Haight or Michael Stang to help you obtain the benefits you are entitled to.”

    - Brenda K.
  • They kept me informed and worked for the best outcome for me physically and personally.

    “I would recommend that anyone who is seeking representation with workman's comp to talk with this firm.”

    - Jill H.
  • A definite blessing to me throughout the lengthy process.

    “He helped me get the surgeries I needed and was a wonderful advocate.”

    - Jeanie A.
  • Smart and aggressive, making sure that you aren't taken advantage of...

    “If you are reading this because you are looking for a workman's comp attorney and a strong personal advocate, look no further.”

    - Chris R.

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