Workers' Compensation

Did you know that workers' compensation laws were originally passed for the protection of the employer? It's true. Employers were being sued by employees for unsafe working conditions and co-employees were suing each other for negligence. The money damages were too great for employers so they sought protection from their lawmakers.

As a result, workers' compensation was created with the idea that everyone would recover some amount for injuries in the workplace but the amount of recovery would be controlled. Thus, workers' compensation laws put in place caps on employer liability and provided injured workers immediate - yet reduced - benefits and eliminated the need to prove negligence or fault.




Question: If my employer tells me I do not need to see a doctor, what do I do?

If you would like to schedule a initial consultation contact an Kansas workers' compensation attorney, representing clients in Dodge City at McCullough, Wareheim & LaBunker, P.A. Give us a call at (785) 233-2362 or complete our inquiry form.


If you think you need to see a doctor immediately, go to the local emergency room or your primary care physician. In Kansas the employer and/or their insurance carrier have the right to choose and authorize medical treatment. If they refuse to provide medical care there is a procedure called a preliminary hearing that you can access in an effort to get a Court Order for medical care. It takes approximately 5-8 weeks from when you start this process until you actually have the hearing. In the meantime, you should obtain whatever medical treatment is reasonable and necessary and keep your employer updated on your medical condition and treatment.

On behalf of McCULLOUGH, WAREHEIM & LaBUNKER, P.A. we hope this material will be of benefit to you in answering your questions relative to work-related injuries. This material is a part of an ongoing commitment by McCULLOUGH, WAREHEIM & LaBUNKER, P.A. to unions, their members, and injured workers in the State of Kansas.Contact one of our Kansas work injury lawyers representing clients in Dodge City, Kansas (and throughout the State of Kansas) today to schedule your initial consultation.

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