Missouri Workers Compensation Attorneys
Workers' compensation laws apply when someone is injured while on the job. These laws give employees fixed monetary awards without having to endure extended litigation. Dependents of a worker who has been killed can also receive benefits. While plans differ between jurisdictions, provision can often be made for weekly payments in place of wages, compensation for economic loss (past and future) and reimbursement or payment of medical expenses. Damages for pain and suffering and punitive damages for employer negligence are generally not available in workers' 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 lawyers at Rotts & Greenwade, LLC handle workers' compensation cases 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 potential 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 can be compensated through a dedicated State compensation fund.
This process can be 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, these cases can often become very complicated. An attorney who represents clients for their workers' compensation claims and understands how it works can be an extremely helpful resource. If your employer and the insurance company deny your claim for workers' compensation benefits, an experienced work comp attorney can help. You need to carefully read the document explaining why your benefits are being denied and deadlines to appeal the denial.
Rotts & Greenwade has a team of lawyers, paralegals and assistants who work together on these kinds of claims. Our firm is currently pursuing workers' compensation claims all over the state and would like to discuss your potential claim with you.