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.
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.
At Hensley Law Office, PSC., we know that workers' compensation claims cases in Kentucky are sometimes seen as threats by employers. We believe there are several factors that could contribute to this stigma:
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.
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.
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.
In a variety of jobs and industries, some workers are alone in their field for either the entire or a portion of the day. Many people enjoy working in solitude and it’s necessary for some tasks.