Safety should be a top priority at any workplace for both employers and employees, but workplace injuries can and do happen. If you are injured on the job, you should report the accident and injury to your employer and file a workers’ compensation claim as soon as you are able.
Quick timing is important following a work injury. Missouri workers’ compensation law states that you have 30 days after your accident to file a workers’ compensation claim.
You should report all injuries immediately, even if you think they are minor – serious or long-term conditions can develop later. You should also file a report if you develop injuries later that you were unaware of at the time of your accident.
A Missouri workers’ compensation attorney can help you file your claim, and inform you of your rights and benefits following your accident.
Here are some important things to know about workplace accidents:
- After the accident – call for help and seek immediate medical assistance.
- Try to identify any and all witnesses of your accident, as soon as possible but without risking your safety, and gather their names, phone numbers, and addresses.
- Report the accident to your supervisor, fill out an accident report, carefully indicate all your injuries and problems, and get a copy of the report for your records.
- If you are seriously injured, or if your pain persists, seek appropriate or additional medical attention.
- Keep well-documented records of all medical treatment.
- Be sure you are receiving the correct amount of worker’s compensation wage according to schedule. If you suspect you are not receiving appropriate wage, contact an attorney immediately.
- Never sign any releases until you are fully covered and ready to settle your case.
- Only discuss the case with necessary parties, which are your spouse, caseworker, and attorney.
Missouri workers’ compensation law changed drastically in 2005. Before then, many employees were “okay” to deal with the insurance company initially without an attorney with the assurance that the system would protect them. That protection is gone. Pursuing a claim today without a professional on your side often delays your benefits as insurance companies push the envelope in denying coverage and claims.
The St. Louis work injury lawyers at The S.E. Farris Law Firm are experienced in workers’ compensation law and will ensure that your rights are protected, and that you receive the compensation you deserve. The time to pursue your workers’ compensation claim is limited, so call 314-A-LAWYER (314-252-9937) today for a free consultation or fill out our online case submission form.