If you have been injured on the job you are likely faced with numerous questions about your injury and your future. If you have discussed these questions with your employer, maybe the answers you received didn’t seem right to you. Perhaps they weren’t telling you the whole truth. Keep in mind, while your employer is supposed to treat you fairly, it is often not in their best financial interest to inform you of all your rights. Most injured workers have the same questions:
- Should I go see a doctor?
- What if I can’t work…will I get my lost wages?
- How do I file a workers’ compensation claim?
- How long do I have to file a claim?
Unfortunately, some employers do give their injured employees the run-around when it comes to providing important information about their legal rights. That is why it is so important for injured workers to know their rights and hire an attorney.
At the Terry Law Firm, we help Missouri workers who have been injured in the workplace. We work strictly on a contingency fee basis, so we are not paid unless we are successful in making a monetary recovery for you. We also pay all the expenses on your case upfront so you don’t have too. Those expenses are recouped only if we arrive at a successful settlement on your behalf. If we are not successful, we do not ask you to reimburse those expenses.
Workers’ compensation laws were set up to help workers who were injured on the job whether they were at fault or not. The laws were put into place to prevent employers from creating an unsafe work environment with no responsibility to employees when they become disabled after a work-related injury. Before workers’ compensation laws were passed, many employees were left destitute after a work-related injury left them unable to work or provide for their families. Thankfully, state legislatures stepped in to rectify that problem.
Hiring a St. Louis Workers’ Compensation Attorney
When you are injured on the job, it is personal. Not only are you in pain, but your ability to provide for your family may very well be at stake. You have questions and you need answers. The Terry Law Firm can answer your questions and help you with your worker’s compensation claim.
The sad truth is that your worker’s compensation insurer is probably not very interested in making sure that you exercise your legal rights and maximize your recovery. Keep in mind that they are a business and they are trying to keep as much of their money as possible. Regardless of your dedication to the company or how many great reviews you’ve received, once you are injured on the job, they will make every effort to make sure your monetary recovery is as small as possible. That is why you need a qualified Missouri worker’s compensation lawyer on your side.
Missouri’s worker’s compensation laws are complex and can be favorable to employers thanks to multiple changes made by the Missouri legislature to the worker’s compensation laws in 2005. Our worker’s compensation lawyer will navigate the complexities of the law for you to help you obtain as much money as possible for your injury.
If you were injured in a work event and your work duties are the prevailing factor of your injury, then your injury should be compensable under the Missouri worker’s compensation laws.
The first thing you should do when injured on the job is to report the accident and injury to your employer as soon as possible. Next, always seek appropriate medical treatment. Missouri law requires that employers are to provide the medical coverage reasonably required for employees. Some employers may try to avoid medical payments or will want to send you to unsympathetic medical providers who may try to lessen the severity of your injury. Keep in mind, it is never too early to contact a Missouri worker’s compensation lawyer to help answer your questions and protect your rights.
The purpose of worker’s compensation is to provide you with medical attention and payment for your work-related injuries, lost income and partial and/or total disability. Determining whether you have a disability is a decision made by medical providers. The extent of that disability is often where the legal negotiation occurs and why you need legal representation to assist you. Employers will always try to minimize the severity of your injury while a good attorney will work to maximize your monetary recovery.