If you are struggling to obtain workers’ compensation in Kentucky because of challenges proving your injury was work-related, do not wait to get help from a lawyer. An experienced workers’ compensation lawyer can help you get your claim approved.
With workers’ compensation benefits, you get financial support you need to move beyond the job-related trauma.
It takes Kentucky Courage to fight for the workplace injury benefits you deserve. You’ve got the courage it takes to stand up for your rights – and so do we. Let us handle the legal matters while you focus on healing.
The Kentucky workers compensation lawyers at Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer have office locations in Lexington, London, Somerset, Hazard, Manchester, Paducah, and Paintsville. Our knowledgeable team is ready to discuss your legal options as soon as you call us or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
What Is Considered a Work-Related Injury?
Some employers or insurance companies may claim that certain injuries are not job-related in an effort to deny workers’ compensation claims. In these circumstances, employees can encounter a considerably more difficult time obtaining the benefits they deserve.
An injury is considered to be work-related when it arises during and from employment. In other words, on-the-job injuries or workplace injuries. For example, injuries in motor vehicle accidents while on the clock are usually considered compensable. Accidents while commuting to and from work are usually not.
Chapter 342 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes covers workers’ compensation law. Section §342.0011(1) defines injury as “any work-related traumatic event or series of traumatic events, including cumulative trauma, arising out of and in the course of employment which is the proximate cause producing a harmful change in the human organism evidenced by objective medical findings.”
It does not include the effects of the natural aging process or any communicable disease unless the risk of contracting the disease is increased by the nature of the job.
Physical injuries and occupational illnesses are often compensable under Kentucky workers’ compensation system, which is designed to provide employees with no-fault medical and income benefits.
Most injuries produce clear signs of harm, but occupational illnesses and repetitive stress or repetitive trauma injuries can be far trickier. You need a skilled attorney when dealing with an injury or illness that is not clearly connected to a single workplace accident or event.
Common Workplace Injuries
Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer handles a wide range of workers compensation claims, including:
- Back injuries — A worker’s back can be critical to their ability to perform a number of daily functions. Any kind of back injury can easily interfere with a person’s ability to work. Some of the most common types of back injuries include sprains, strains, and soft tissue injuries. Herniated discs and fractured vertebrae are also serious.
- Hearing loss — Hearing loss is most frequently sensorineural, which means damage to inner ear nerves prevent transmission of sound signals to the brain. It can also be conductive, meaning obstructions in the outer or middle ear prevent sound from entering the middle ear. Mixed hearing loss could involve both sensorineural and conductive hearing loss.
- Repetitive stress injuries — Improper technique or simple overuse can cause muscle, nerve, ligament, or tendon damage known as repetitive stress injuries. Trigger finger, tendinosis (or less often tendinitis), and carpal tunnel syndrome are three of the most common kinds of repetitive stress injuries.
- Degenerative disc/joint disease — Also known as DDD, degenerative disc/joint disease can often be aggravated, exacerbated, worsened, or accelerated from daily job activities.
- Amputation and loss of limbs — Workers can sometimes lose fingers, hands, or arms, in devastating workplace accidents.
- Broken bones and fractures — Many types of accidents at work can cause broken or fractured bones.
- Coal Workers’ Black Lung Disease (CWP) — Kentucky coal miners are often entitled to workers’ compensation for black lung.
- High blood pressure/hypertension — Blood pressure issues can be more challenging for workers’ compensation benefit eligibility. Many workers have valid claims, however, when such conditions are believed to be caused by job-related stress.
- Electrocution — Many electrocution cases end up being fatal. Workers who survive their shock injuries can still be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Surviving family members may receive death benefits.
- Burns— Workers in many fields may be exposed to burn-causing heat sources or chemicals.
- Cumulative trauma — Cumulative trauma disorder, or CTD, involves excessive wear and tear on tendons, muscles, and nerve tissue. It is often work-related because it is caused by continuous use over an extended period of time.
A surviving spouse or other dependents may be entitled to workers’ compensation death benefits when a loved one is tragically killed in a workplace accident or dies from injuries suffered on the job.
Talk to a Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Attorney Now
Are you seeking workers’ compensation benefits for workplace injuries you suffered in Kentucky? You could face considerable obstacles in getting the maximum benefits that you need and deserve from an uncooperative, cold-hearted insurance company.
Don’t give up! With Kentucky Courage and help from our experienced lawyers, you can take on the insurers and go after the compensation the law says you deserve.
Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer will work tirelessly to seek the benefits you are entitled to. If you’re unsure whether you’re eligible for benefits or need help filing, contact us today. We have recovered over $157 million in workers’ comp settlements for hard-working Kentuckians just like you.
Our firm has an entire team with the ability to use our years of experience to help you achieve the most favorable possible outcome for injuries at work. Call us or reach out to us online to schedule a free consultation.