Claiming Workers’ Compensation Benefits From a Previous Employer

How will changing your employment status affect a workers’ compensation claim?

kansas city work compSome employees, who have sustained a work-related injury, may wonder if they can still receive workers’ compensation benefits after they have changed employment. The rules and regulations governing workers’ compensation are complex and it may be advisable to consult with a Kansas City workers’ compensation attorney is this situation.

Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim

Employers are required to provide workers’ compensation insurance for their employees. Whenever an employee is injured due to a work-related accident, the employee can file a claim against the workers’ compensation insurance. However, the claim may be classified as a special workers’ compensation case if the employee is hired by a different company while recovering from the injury. In this situation, the workers’ compensation claim may be affected by a number of factors.

Approval For the Workers’ Compensation Claim

The first thing to consider is whether the workers’ compensation claim was approved while the employee was still employed by the previous company. It is also important to consider whether the employee already received workers’ compensation benefits for work-related injuries. If the employee received workers’ compensation benefits while being employed in the previous company, the benefits may be affected by the new income of the employee under the new employer. There are situations when the benefits may be reduced or completely stopped. However, if the claim was denied by the insurance company of the previous employer, the employee may file an appeal and try to obtain workers’ compensation benefits for the work-related injury. This is applicable even if the employee is already employed by a new company.

Reporting to the Previous Employer

It is necessary for employees to provide a written report to the previous employer. The report should inform the previous employer that the employee is now an employee of a different company. The state determines the laws on workers’ compensation, which can be complicated and complex. The process of filing a claim for workers’ compensation after employees have changed employers is dependent on the laws of a particular state.

Using a Kansas City Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

It may be necessary to obtain the services of an experienced Kansas City workers’ compensation lawyer to facilitate the release of benefits after an employee has changed his or her employment status. Contact The Law Office of James M. Hoffmann at (816) 399-3706.

Updated: June 10, 2019

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