Kansas: Workers' comp reforms await governor's signature
Payment caps would be increased, undocumented injured workers would get some benefits, and a prevailing factor would be considered for benefits under reforms approved by the legislature. The reforms would take effect May 15 if signed by the governor.
The legislation says that a work accident must be the primary factor relative to the injury or disability in order to be compensable. It changes the current language that allows compensability for claims when a workplace incident aggravates, accelerates, or exacerbates a preexisting condition.
The legislation also provides medical treatment for illegal aliens injured on the job. One lawmaker said that would alleviate concerns that undocumented workers would file lawsuits if they are injured at work.
The measure increased the following payment caps:
- Death benefits -- $300,000 from the current $250,000.
- Permanent total disability -- $155,000 from $125,000.
- Temporary total benefits -- $130,000 from $100,000.
- Permanent partial benefits -- $130,000 from $100,000.
Read more at the WorkersComp Forum homepage.
April 18, 2011
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