In Kansas City, if a person suffers a workplace injury, the state workers’ compensation system takes care of all of the expenses. The problem is that workplace injuries are not uncommon. Sometimes, they can lead to serious consequences and sometimes the injuries can even lead to brain injury and death. It can also be difficult to find the responsible party in the event of such a tragedy.
According to recent statistics, employers from the U.S. pay $1 billion each week for the cost of direct workers compensation. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration, the problem of repetitive motion injury is growing and this results in about 23 days of work absence for each incident.
The most common form of injury experienced by janitors and custodial workers is a shoulder injury. To reduce work-related injuries, companies should provide physical therapy and occupational health programs to employees. It is very important to prevent injuries by educating employees and modifying their workplace environment.
Workers compensation provides benefits for those who have suffered work-related injuries. It covers medical and wage benefits. An employee can seek benefits for various injuries caused by toxic materials, work-related accidents, and repetitive stress injuries.
If employees are injured in a workplace in Kansas, or any other state because of negligence, they may request the advice from an experienced attorney and seek compensation for their injury in the form of medical expenses and lost wages. A professional attorney may help an injured worker gain better insight into any work-related injury and offer advice on what the next steps for the injured employee should be.
Source: News Medical, “BU faculty develops physical therapy intervention to minimize workplace injury, reduce costs,” Feb. 25, 2014