Our St. Louis workers compensation lawyers can help if you were hurt on the job in Missouri. Missouri workers compensation laws takes the place of ordinary negligence. Only under very limited circumstances are employees able to recover against their employers for negligence (outside of Missouri workers compensation law).
If you wish to receive compensation for the injuries you’ve sustained you will have to go through the workers comp claims process. You need the aid of experienced work injury attorneys like us to get you the justice – and the money – you deserve. If you’ve found yourself overwhelmed by the workers comp claims process, and unable to find a resolution that helps with your situation, The Bradley Law Firm can help.
There are a few things to understand about the workers comp claims process that makes it difficult to negotiate without the aid of an attorney:
The main difference between a work comp claim and a negligence claim, is that under workers compensation, the employee does not have to prove the employer was negligent. All the employee must show is that he or she sustained an injury while working and that the work was the prevailing factor in causing the injury- that’s it. You can recover even if you caused the workplace injury to yourself. In these cases, it is important you contact a Missouri workers compensation lawyer immediately.
Under Missouri’s workers compensation law, you must notify your supervisor within thirty days of your injury or you may lose your right to benefits. It is very important you tell your supervisor how the injury occurred, as well as where and when it happened. Make sure you communicate this information to your employer in writing and keep a copy of this.
Under Missouri work comp law, you are entitled to medical treatment for your injuries. Your employer will be responsible for making payments to your hospital and doctor. While you are receiving treatment for your workers compensation injury, you may be entitled to receive Temporary Total Disability, sometimes referred to as “TTD.” This is compensation for the time you are unable to work because of your injury. If you never fully recover from your injury, your doctor may classify you as either Permanent Total Disability (if you can never return to work) or as Permanent Partial Disability (if you can return to work with restrictions).
The amount of work comp benefits you are entitled to depends upon your rated wage multiplied by different factors, including the body part injured and the degree of permanency attributed to that body part. In order to determine what your workers compensation benefits should be, you need to contact a Missouri work comp lawyer. The number of weeks that a particular body part is worth is found in RSMo 287.190.1 and is summarized in the image to the right.
Realize that Missouri law allows the employer to choose your treating doctor. Therefore, the doctor will often have an interest in getting you back to work as fast as possible and will place the employers interests above yours. Of course, the doctor wants the employers (and its work comp carrier’s business), so these doctors “toe the line” to make them happy by minimizing the value of the claims. The work comp doctors do this by providing minimal treatment and getting you back working as soon as possible. Many times, these doctors will minimize your injury. Remember, these doctors are on your employer’s side. They are paid by your employer’s workers compensation insurer. These doctors want to keep your employer and the workers compensation insurer happy by keeping your injuries to a minimum. This way, the insurer does not have to pay full value for your work comp injury.
Yes, you can choose to treat with whatever doctor you want. however, workers compensation may not pay for it. For this reason, our law firm will send you to an independent doctor that will give you a fair and complete evaluation and will cover this expense.
Missouri Workers’ Compensation benefits are typically granted to injured workers or the dependent family members of workers who die from on-the-job injuries. The benefits which may be received from workers’ compensation include income, medical benefits, vocational rehabilitation, permanent disability compensation and death benefits.
The sooner you contact a Missouri workmans comp lawyer to investigate your work comp claim, the better. There are time sensitive deadlines you must meet in order to secure your right to workers compensation benefits. Your work comp attorney will help you understand these deadlines and guide you through this process. Our workplace injury lawyers have decades of experience handling Missouri workers compensation claims. Contact us today and speak to an experienced work comp lawyer about your case for free.
Our Personal Injury Attorneys have proudly collected TENS OF MILLIONS of dollars in compensation for clients. Below are some of our recent personal injury case results.
"Overall, I had a great experience working with The Bradley Law Firm!! I would recommend Ryan and his team to anyone. Being involved in a car accident can be quite stressful and dealing with insurance companies can be even more stressful. Having Ryan in my corner lifted a huge burden off my shoulders and made this process much easier for me. They handled everything. Tina is great…she is awesome! She’s extremely patient and kept me informed throughout the entire process. The Bradley Law Firm team is very personable, easy to talk to, and a pleasure to work with."
Our Personal Injury Attorneys have proudly collected TENS OF MILLIONS of dollars in compensation for clients.
It is our mission to ensure you receive a maximum recovery for all of your damages, to the fullest extent under the law.
1424 Washington Ave
St. Louis, MO 63103
107 W. 9th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
St. Louis Lawyer Disclaimer: The legal information offered herein by The Bradley Law Firm, is not formal legal advice, nor is it the formation of an attorney client relationship. In order for our firm to be considered your attorney there must be a signed agreement between the client and the firm. Any results set forth herein are based solely upon the circumstances of that particular case and offer no promise or guarantee upon the outcome of any other case. Please contact a lawyer for a consultation. This site is not intended to solicit clients outside the State of Missouri or Illinois. The Bradley Law Firm may co-counsel or associate with other law firms around the country at its discretion from initial intake through litigation when it deems appropriate.
1424 Washington Ave., STE 300
St. Louis, MO 63103