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2021 Statute


44-532a. Liability of workers compensation fund for uninsured or insufficiently self-insured insolvent employers; cause of action against such employers. (a) If an employer has no insurance or has an insufficient self-insurance bond or letter of credit to secure the payment of compensation, as provided in subsection (b)(1) and (2) of K.S.A. 44-532, and amendments thereto, and such employer is financially unable to pay compensation to an injured worker as required by the workers compensation act, or such employer cannot be located and required to pay such compensation, the injured worker may apply to the director for an award of the compensation benefits, including medical compensation, to which such injured worker is entitled, to be paid from the workers compensation fund. Whenever a worker files an application under this section, the matter shall be assigned to an administrative law judge for hearing. If the administrative law judge is satisfied as to the existence of the conditions prescribed by this section, the administrative law judge may make an award, or modify an existing award, and prescribe the payments to be made from the workers compensation fund as provided in K.S.A. 44-569, and amendments thereto. The award shall be certified to the commissioner of insurance, and upon receipt thereof, the commissioner of insurance shall cause payment to be made to the worker in accordance therewith.

(b) The commissioner of insurance, acting as administrator of the workers compensation fund, shall have a cause of action against the employer for recovery of any amounts paid from the workers compensation fund pursuant to this section. Such action shall be filed in the district court of the county in which the accident occurred or where the contract of employment was entered into.

History: L. 1974, ch. 203, § 32; L. 1982, ch. 213, § 2; L. 1983, ch. 168, § 1; L. 1993, ch. 286, § 47; L. 2011, ch. 55, § 21; L. 2013, ch. 104, § 13; Apr. 25.

2024. Powered by KLISS. Rendered: 2024-06-21T09:11:18. Head Rev No: 893617(E)