Understanding The Differences In Kansas And Missouri Workers' Compensation Laws

Have you been injured on the job in Kansas but you are employed in Missouri, or vice versa? There are some important differences between the two states that you should be aware of before filing for benefits. Having a basic understanding of the differences in workers' comp in each state will help you to make informed decisions about where and when to file your claim.

Attorney John Christiansen has recovered compensation for many clients who sustained injuries at work. If you were hired in one state and injured in the other (as is often the case in the Kansas City area), he can counsel you on which state's legal system may be more advantageous for your case. Contact John today if you've been injured at work. He offers free consultations on workers' compensation issues and will only be paid if he wins benefits for you.

Differences In Workers' Compensation Law

Here are some examples of differences between the two states' workers' compensation systems:

  • Statute of limitations: the deadline for filing a claim after suffering an injury is different in each state, with the time limit in Kansas (200 days) much shorter than in Missouri (two years).
  • Benefit caps: Kansas caps a number of areas of workers' compensation benefits, including death, permanent total disability and permanent partial disability.
  • Whole body-based work disability: a type of disability claim available only in Kansas which offers a greater benefit amount: equal to 90 percent of your wages rather than the two-thirds rule in other claim types in both Missouri and Kansas.
  • Unauthorized medical treatment: Kansas allows $500 in benefits for these treatments while Missouri will not pay for unauthorized medical care.
  • Dual jurisdiction claims: if a work injury is suffered in one state while the employee is working for an employer in the other state, a dual jurisdiction claim may need to be filed.
  • Personal injury claims: if you were injured due to the negligence of a third party, knowing which state to file your suit in is vital to make sure you get the settlement you deserve.

Attorney John Christiansen will file claims for you in both states and then analyze which claim will provide you with the best benefits compensation. Our primary goal is to maximize your benefits under the law. Each case is unique, and John will work with you every step of the way so you understand the pros and cons of pursuing your claim.

Meet With Our Experienced Workers' Comp Attorney

If you need help understanding workers' compensation benefits in Kansas or Missouri, look no further than lawyer John A. Christiansen. Contact John online or call 816-298-9892 today to schedule a free consultation.