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Workers Compensation laws give employees fixed monetary awards without having to endure extended litigation when they are injured or disabled on the job. Dependants of a worker that has been killed can also receive benefits. There are also laws that limit the recovery amounts. While plans differ between jurisdictions, provision can be made for weekly payments in place of wages, compensation for economic loss (past and future), reimbursement or payment of medical and like expenses, and benefits payable to the dependents of workers killed during employment. Damages for pain and suffering, and punitive damages for employer negligence, are generally not available in worker compensation plans. There are some times where the employer's actions are so egregious that a claim can be made separately from Workers Compensation, but those times are rare. The MO attorneys at Rotts & Gibbs, LLC have experience in determining such situations and would be happy to discuss your claim with you.
If you are hurt on the job, you should immediately seek medical attention and then contact your employer to explain the circumstances. If you don't visit a doctor then you may not be able to prove that your injury is job related. If you don't notify your employer properly and immediately and follow their medical instructions you may damage your Workers Compensation claim permanently.
It is your responsibility to make sure that all the paperwork is filed correctly for your claim. Your employer can give you the forms you need and you can obtain your medical records from your doctor. You may also need to seek legal advice or representation. The seriousness of the injury will help determine how much money you can receive. Some states also allow you to receive ‘temporary total disability' for short-term lost wages, 'permanent partial disability' for partial loss of function, or a 'permanent total disability award' for a total loss of function. You are compensated through a dedicated state compensation fund.
This process can be very complicated and full of rules and deadlines. You need to carefully read every document you receive during this process. While the original intent of Workers Compensation was to allow the worker to represent herself or himself, complicated cases can require legal assistance. An attorney who specializes in workers compensation and understands how it works can be a very helpful resource. If your employer and the insurance company deny your claim for workers compensation, an experienced MO Workers Compensation attorney can help, such as the attorneys at Rotts & Gibbs, LLC. You need to carefully read the document explaining why your benefits are being denied and deadlines to appeal the denial.
Because cases of this nature are done on a contingency fee basis, most of the time you will not be required to provide any money to pursue your claim and the attorneys will pay for the expensive and necessary costs to properly pursue your claim.
Our Missouri Workers Compensation Attorneys are currently pursuing claims all over the state and would like to discuss your potential claim with you. Our experienced law firm has a team of lawyers, paralegals and assistants who work together on Workers Compensation claims such as this.
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