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Law Office Of John Adams Christiansen, LC March 3, 2022

Have you been injured on the job in Kansas but you are employed in Missouri, or vice versa? If you are filing a workers' compensation claim, it is critical to understand the differences in Kansas and Missouri workers' compensation laws and systems. Where you file your claim can have serious financial implications.

For over 25 years, attorney John Christiansen has represented and secured compensation for injured Missouri and Kansas workers. 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.

Based in Westport and Blue Springs, the Law Office of John Adams Christiansen, L.C., serves clients throughout the Kansas City metro area. Call (816) 416-7070 for a free consultation.

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: This type of disability claim is available only in Kansas. It 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 third-party negligence, knowing which state to file your suit in is vital to make sure you get the settlement you deserve.

Identifying the Solution that Suits Your Circumstances

Attorney John Christiansen will file claims for you in both states and then analyze which claim will provide you with the better benefits compensation. Our primary goal is to maximize your benefits under the law. Each case is unique, and as an experienced lawyer, 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 John A. Christiansen. Contact John online or call today to schedule a free consultation.