Did you know that under Missouri law, the employer decides which doctor treats an employee’s work-related injury? And, if you don’t report your injury or diagnosis within 30 days, your claim could be — for all intents and purposes — void. That is why it’s important to report your injury as soon as possible and to hire an attorney if the injury is severe, or you feel the compensation offered by the adjustor will not cover your lost wages and medical care. As a worksite injury attorney, St. Louis workers injured on the job rely on the expertise of Byrnes Law Firm to get them the compensation they need and deserve. Worksite injury consultations are always free — contact us today to get started.
When most of us think of a worksite injury, scenes involving large equipment, dangerous tools, or lifting heavy items often come to mind. But, in reality, an injury can occur in just about any type of workplace. Out of the nearly 3 million workplace injuries reported to the Bureau of Labor Statistic (BLS) each year, less than a third of these required employees to take time off work. But, what about severe injuries that cause employees to miss work and undergo extensive medical care? That is when it’s time to talk to a worksite injury attorney.
According to Missouri law, you not only have a right to hire a worksite injury attorney, but in some instances, having a lawyer present may be the only way to ensure your injury is properly compensated and treated.
You should seek the advise of an attorney if your workplace injury means you will not be able to work for an extended period of time, or your injury requires rehabilitation and/or surgery. But, there are also special circumstances in which you should reach out to a worksite injury attorney — even if the injuries appear relatively minor.
Talk to a worksite injury attorney if any of the following statements resemble your situation:
You should also discuss your case with a worksite injury attorney if you are receiving Social Security benefits (or applying for benefits). Also, if you are considering Medicare, or have already been qualified for Medicare, you should mention this to an attorney.
If you believe you will never be able to return to work as a result of your injury, or your treatment is expected to last a year or more, you should consult a worksite injury attorney. How your claim is handled can have lifelong implications in terms of your health, happiness, and financial wellbeing. The consequences are simply too severe to blindly trust temporary workers’ compensation payments — or your insurance company.
When a third-party (not an employer or colleague) is responsible for your injury, Missouri law allows you to file a personal injury suit against the person (or persons) responsible for your injury. This allows you to recover damages and ensures you are compensated for your injury.
By Missouri law, you are able to recover damages from your employer if their negligence led to your workplace injury. For injuries resulting from a malfunctioning piece of machinery or equipment Byrnes Law Firm can represent you in seeking damages from the machinery/equipment manufacturer.
The Missouri Workers’ Compensation Law is designed to protect workers from common slip-and-fall injuries as well as exposure to harmful chemicals and disease-causing environments. And, in a vast majority of workplace injury cases, the employee, employer, and insurance company arrive at a solution that fairly compensates and treats the injured party. (They receive adequate medical care and are paid for any missed time away from work.) The Department of Labor & Industrial Relations puts its best when it says, “While you are not required to have a lawyer, you may need a lawyer.”
If the injury is severe or you plan on receiving social benefits payments in the future, you should also speak with a lawyer. If you do not report your injury (or diagnosis of work-related disease) within 30 days, your claim could become void. Next, you should seek out appropriate medical care. Missouri law allows the employer to choose where and by whom the the employee is treated for their injury.