Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in St. Joseph
Fighting for injured workers throughout Missouri
When you are on the job you do not expect that you will be injured and will have your entire life changed as a result. While some injuries can be temporary, they can still affect your life in a negative way. You could be out of work for several months for even a minor injury. Some injuries may make it impossible for you to return to work at all. In the worst of cases, an employee may die from the injuries sustained.
Regardless of how minor or severe the injury may have been, this can affect you and your family. There will be additional stress placed upon the family as to how daily bills will be paid as well as the medical bills that will soon begin to pile up. This is especially grueling for families who have a sole provider who is injured on the job.
While you're tempted to trust your employer as you would assume they will do the right thing, that is rarely the case. Many insurance companies will try to deny legitimate workers' compensation claims, solely so they do not have to pay out these benefits. We understand the sneaky tactics that insurance companies and employers will deploy to deny a claim from a hard-working employee. You can have confidence that our St. Joseph workers' compensation attorney from Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys will use everything at our disposal to fight for your rights after a workplace accident.
Who can file a workers' compensation claim in St. Joseph?
Through a workers' compensation claim employers agree to pay for damages that an employee suffers from after a workplace accident. In these cases, the employee doesn't need to prove negligence. You cannot seek pain and suffering from a workers' compensation claim as you would a personal injury claim. To file a workers' compensation claim you must meet the following requirements:
- You must be an employee of the company.
- You must have sustained the injury in a work-related incident.
- You notified your employer of the accident.
- The injuries sustained were a direct cause of the accident and not from a pre-existing condition.
A lot of workers' compensation claims are based on a singular accident. However other injuries are the result of repetitive motion. Occupational illnesses require that the person be an employee of the company, the illness is not related to any external condition and is caused by a work-related condition. You will need the help of a St. Joseph workers’ compensation attorney to prove the injury or illness was directly related to your job.
What are common workplace accidents in St. Joseph?
An on-the-job accident can happen in any type of workplace. There are some industries that are more dangerous than others like construction and factories. An accident can happen in even the seemingly safest of places like an office. Since there is danger in every workplace, this also means there is a range of injuries and illnesses from which you may suffer. Some of the most common include:
- Traumatic Brian injury
- Broken bones
- Falls, slips, and trips
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Crushing injuries
- Chronic back or neck pain
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Burn injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Struck by object
There are many other accidents and injuries you may sustain through the course of your work that are not listed here. The most important aspect of workers' compensation is that you were injured while performing your job duties.
What are occupational illnesses?
There are many other ways you can be injured on the job such as through an occupational illness. Some examples of an occupation illness include:
- Hearing loss
- Vision loss
- Respiratory and lung diseases
- Skin disorders
- Cardiac diseases
These are just a few examples, and you should discuss your specific circumstances with a St. Joseph workers’ compensation attorney. We will work to build a strong case showing your illness was a direct result of workplace conditions.
What benefits are you entitled to in a workers’ compensation claim?
Through a workers' compensation claim you are entitled to certain benefits for your injury. The first is medical benefits. This can include hospital visits, emergency transportation, specialist care, and more. This will also cover any medical devices that you used during your recovery as well as after reaching maximum medical improvement. If your condition is deemed to affect you for the rest of your life, your employer will also cover these expenses in the medical portion of the claim.
Work loss benefits fall into two categories: temporary and permanent. As you may have guessed, temporary benefits are in place for a certain amount of time which they will then stop. This typically happens when an injured employee reaches MMI. You will be able to get a portion of your paycheck while you are out of work.
Permanent work loss benefits will continue after you have reached MMI and it has been found that you have a permanent injury. There are several factors that will not determine permanent work loss benefits and it can be a difficult road to be on after a workplace accident.
In some cases, an injured employee will be entitled to vocational benefits when they are unable to return to their previous role. These benefits are provided so that the person can be trained in another job or role. This is often difficult for an injured worker to come to terms with as they will essentially be making a career change.
The benefits you may be entitled to will depend on the individual circumstances of your accident or illness. A St. Joseph workers’ compensation attorney will work to obtain evidence that supports your claim. We will fight aggressively on your behalf to obtain compensation for your injuries. Do not trust that your employer and their insurance company will do the right thing. They will often try to deny or delay your claim to save themselves money, all the while you are suffering and in pain.
How a St. Joseph workers’ compensation attorney can help
When you have the right St. Joseph workers’ compensation attorney on your side you can rest assured that we will help move your case forward in any way we can. You will especially need legal assistance if you find yourself in the following situations:
- The company doctors clear you for work, but you are still not physically ready to return
- Your employer claims the injury was not work-related
- Your employer argues that you were at fault for your injuries
- You have improved but are unable to work in the same position you previously had
- The insurance adjuster has tried to convince you not to contact a St. Joseph workers’ compensation attorney
- The insurance adjuster wants you to make a statement before they will release the payment for your accident
- Your claim has been delayed, denied, or terminated prior to your recovery being completed
If it turns out that your claim was denied for legitimate reasons – like you’re not an employee, for example – don’t despair. We can help you file a personal injury lawsuit to recoup your damages instead.
Do you have a workers’ compensation attorney near me?
Our St. Joseph office is located at 2501 Frederick Avenue Suite 100 by appointment. We also see clients throughout Missouri and Kansas.
Trusted workers’ compensation lawyers in St. Joseph
If you have been injured on the job, it’s time to call a St. Joseph workers’ compensation lawyer who knows how to help. Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys advocates for injured workers throughout Missouri. Schedule your free consultation by calling 816-471-5111 or filling out our contact form today.
St. Joseph Office
2501 Frederick Avenue,
St. Joseph, MO 64506