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The Kansas Workers Compensation Act (KWCA) of 2011 was enacted largely in response to a 2009 State Supreme Court ruling, Bergstrom v. Spears Manufacturing Co. That decision opened the door for workers with specific injuries to claim work disability if they ceased earning wages for any reason, including voluntarily leaving their job.

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The attorneys at Slape & Howard here in Wichita are not only dedicated to helping Kansans get back on their feet after personal injuries, disabilities, and workers compensation claims, but they are also fully committed to the local community as a whole.

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In 2018, more than 36,000 Kansas workers were injured on the job or became ill as a result of their work, 61 of them fatally. That’s nearly 100 employees injured every day. And thanks to the Kansas Workers' Compensation Act, many of them were denied medical treatment, rehabilitation services, and compensation for lost wages and permanent disabilities.

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The Workers' Compensation Act is complicated at best. Many people who are injured in accidents are now finding that they have to hire a workers' compensation lawyer in Wichita, Kansas, in order to get compensation for their injuries.

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Workers' compensation laws are put in place to protect employees against work-related accidents. Under Kansas workers' compensation law, workers who are involved in workplace accidents are entitled to receive benefits for their injuries, including medical costs, lost earning capacity, and vocational rehabilitation.

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If you were injured while working for your employer, you might be afraid to report it for fear of retaliation or firing. Moreover, you may have friends who have told you that workers’ compensation cases are often denied in Kansas.

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The 2011 Kansas Workers Compensation Act (KWCA) was the first significant reform made to Kansas workers compensation laws since 1993. The Act came about as a result of negotiations between labor interests and businesses and was passed by the Kansas Senate and House of Representatives.

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