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What incidents aren't covered by workers' compensation?

No matter what your job is, Kentucky workers like you may someday find yourself facing dangerous and potentially harmful situations at work. Whether you’re a secretary or working in factories with heavy machinery or volatile chemicals, workplace incidents can happen anywhere.

Injuries common among restaurant and food service workers

As someone who makes your living working in a Kentucky restaurant or food service setting, you may understand all too well that your job brings with it inherent dangers. Regardless of if you work in a high-end establishment, a fast-food setting or somewhere in between, the work environment-specific risks you face remain similar, and recognizing where your hazards lie may help you learn how to avoid them. At Hensley Law Office, we understand that restaurant and food service worker injuries can prevent you from earning an income, and we have helped many clients in similar professional roles seek recourse in the aftermath of a work-related accident.

Delayed back pain and workers’ compensation

Sometimes Kentucky workers have to handle heavy loads while on the job, and every now and then someone might suffer a back injury due to unsafe working practices. In some instances, an employee might not feel any pain after a workplace incident. You could decide that the incident was not worth reporting and shrug it off. However, just because you do not feel back pain now does not mean it will not happen in the near future.

How do I report a safety issue at work?

When you are working and notice that something is wrong and could pose a safety issue, it is part of your responsibility to make sure it is reported. Ideally, you can bring it up with your supervisor and get things handled. However, this is not always going to work. In that case, you have every right to make a report with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration.

What does the worker's compensation process involve?

If you are hurt on the job in Kentucky, you probably will file a worker's compensation claim. This can help you to get payment for any medical care you need and possibly help you recoup lost wages. Once you file a claim, it moves through the claims process, which according to the Labor Department allows the claim to be investigated so an approval or denial can be rendered.

Does my employer have to have workers' compensation?

Workers' compensation is a great program that helps ensure you are protected if you are injured on the job. It also protects your employer because it prevents you from suing in court. The program is handled by the state. In Kentucky, most employers will have to carry workers' compensation insurance, but the Department of Workers' Claims explains some employers may be exempt.

2017's top OSHA violations

Sometimes, accidents happen. When it comes to injuries that happen on Kentucky construction sites, though, many are preventable. According to the National Safety Council's Safety and Health magazine, many of these events in 2017 were the direct result of safety violations on the part of employers. 

Can I receive workers’ compensation for black lung disease?

Black lung disease can strike coal miners, whether on the job or sometime after leaving a coal mine, due to the coal dust miners inhale in their lungs. If you happen to be someone who suffers from black lung disease or if you suspect you may have it, the federal government offers a type of workers’ compensation under the Black Lung Benefits Act (BLBA). According to Findlaw, the BLBA provides Kentucky residents with compensation for a number of services and medical treatments.

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