The sweeping changes made to workers’ compensation

Earlier this year, the Kentucky legislature enacted sweeping changes to the workers’ compensation system through House Bill 2. The goal was to bring the existing statutes up to date, as there have been few changes in the last two decades. At Debra L. Broz, Attorneys at Law, PLC, we understand that benefits received from workers’ compensation can make a huge difference in your daily life.

Although some of the changes applied retroactively, most went into effect July 14, 2018. Opioid use and guidelines for medical treatment were among the components addressed that significantly impact medical benefits and expenses. Here are three additional workers' compensation statutes that have changed considerably:

  • Caps on medical benefits - Prior to HB 2, workers whose injuries were considered permanent received lifetime medical benefits. Now, medical treatment is terminated 15 years from the injury date, with a few notable exceptions.
  • Notifying an employer of cumulative trauma - The previous statute of limitations was open-ended. Under HB 2, notice must be filed with the Worker’s Claims Department and the employer within two years from the date the employee learns that it is work-related and within five years of the last exposure to the trauma.
  • Benefits to older workers - Workers’ compensation benefits were previously terminated when employees became eligible for standard Social Security retirement benefits. HB 2 extends the age to receive workers compensation to age 70.

 The new bill limits the costs to businesses, and in some cases, it may be at the expense of the injured employee. More information about workers’ compensation is available on our webpage.

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