The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reports that about 4 million people are injured at work annually in the United States. On average, 200 workers end up hospitalized because of work related injuries every day. Many more people experience injuries that do not require hospitalization.
Due to the significant number of people who are injured at work each year, people must have a general understanding of the basics of worker’s comp in Missouri. Although worker’s compensation laws and associated regulations are developed by individual states, the fact is that the general parameters and principals of these legal schemes are similar across the United States.
The S.E. Farris Law Firm takes workers’ compensation (often called work comp or workman’s comp) cases seriously. When you are hurt at work and worrying about paying bills or getting treatment, we will help you get the compensation you deserve. Spencer Farris knows that working with a personal injury lawyer can be difficult, but not if you choose the right St. Louis work injury lawyer.
If an employer does not have an appropriate standard form, the employee must prepare a written statement notifying the employer of the worker’s injury. The statement needs to include a general description of the injury, how it occurred and the time of the incident that gave rise to that injury. It is the employer’s responsibility to file a Notice of Injury, but the worker’s cooperation is usually necessary.
An injured worker must keep in mind that state laws establish very specific time frames and deadlines in which this formal notification must be filed with an employer. Failure to file in a timely manner can lead to a worker being forever precluded from obtaining compensation for a workplace related injury.
Our St. Louis work injury attorneys take workers’ compensation cases very serious and will uphold your rights in court. Get the compensation you deserve today.
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Reporting Work Injuries in Missouri
You must notify your employer of an at work injury and request treatment promptly to pursue a work comp claim. Two key reports must be made, whether orally or in writing:
First, immediately after a workplace injury, the worker must notify a supervisor or human relations employee. This is helpful in ensuring that a worker receives immediate medical assistance and treatment. It also advises the employer to notify their workers’ compensation insurer, which protects worker benefits from denial later.
The second level of reporting is filing a written claim, a formal notification of a workplace injury. Most employers have a form that is designed to conform with the state worker’s compensation statutes and regulations.
Compensation for Work Related Injuries
An injured worker is entitled to a three different types of benefits. These include medical treatment, lost wages while you are on the mend, and a lump sum for disability at the end of the claim. Some benefits continue forever- ongoing medical treatment for example, or disability payments for a totally disabled worker.
If a person is totally and permanently disabled as the result of a workplace injury, he or she is entitled to compensation for that as well. This typically results in weekly payments for the work life of the victim.
Speak to our St. Louis work injury attorneys today. All cases are unique and The S.E. Farris Law Firm will make sure you get the best possible outcome.
St. Louis Work Injury Lawyers: Dedicated to Your Needs
Missouri lawyers represent injury victims on a contingent fee basis. This means you don’t have to pay anything to hire us, and The S.E. Farris Law Firm does not get paid unless a person is successful in pursuing a claim.
If you have questions on work related injuries or Workers’ Comp, contact The S.E. Farris Law Firm at 314-A-LAWYER (252-9937) today for a free consultation. You can also read more about Spencer Farris and how he can be the right representative for you.
Under Workers’ Compensation law in MO, the injured worker is entitled to:
- Medical treatment with medical bills paid
- A portion of wages lost during off work time due to the injury
- A lump sum for disability after medical treatment concludes
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