Missouri Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
Successful and Experienced Workers’ Comp Lawyers in Kirksville and Missouri
Injury and illness can cost you and your family thousands of dollars in medical bills, lost work time and other expenses. If you know or think your work environment caused your injury, illness or disease, you need to consult with an experienced Workers’ Compensation attorney at The Benson Law Firm immediately. Don’t risk financial distress just because you aren’t sure if you need a lawyer. This isn’t the time to try to navigate the Workers’ Compensation system alone.
Any company with five or more employees in the State of Missouri is required to carry Workers’ Compensation insurance. Workers who are injured on the job or contract a work-related disease or illness receive the benefits of this employer-provided insurance to help pay for medical and other expenses incurred as a result of the injury, illness or disease. The insurance might also pay benefits to survivors of workers killed on the job.
The State of Missouri provides a Workers’ Compensation system that is supposed to ensure that injured and ill workers receive the benefits they’re entitled to; however, that’s not always the case. That is why you might require the services of legal counsel, experienced with the complicated Workers’ Compensation process, to represent you.
The Missouri Department of Labor Relations website features the following information about legal advice and the Workers’ Compensation process:
A workers’ compensation case is a legal proceeding. The decisions you make regarding your workers’ compensation case may impact you for the rest of your life. Workers’ compensation was originally designed to be a simple no-fault benefit system. Many workers’ compensation cases are still handled routinely without problems. However, the law has been changed many times over the years, and each change makes cases more complicated. Issues involving Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, unemployment benefits, and Second Injury Fund claims also complicate many cases. While you are not required by law to have a lawyer, you may need a lawyer. Most employers and insurance companies are required by law to have a lawyer present at all docket settings before the Division of Workers’ Compensation, so in most cases you will have to speak with the workers’ compensation insurance lawyer at one or more times before your case is concluded.
Please keep in mind that neither the Administrative Law Judge assigned to your case nor any employee of the Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation can give you legal advice or act as your lawyer or adviser. (http://labor.mo.gov/DWC/Injured_Workers/obt_lawyer.asp)
Benefits you may be entitled to under Missouri law include:
- Medical care and treatment for the injury;
- Payment for lost wages;
- Settlements/awards for permanent disability;
- Compensation from the Second Injury Fund for pre-existing work-related injury or illness related to the subsequent injury or illness, and;
- Survivor benefits in case of death.
If you’ve been injured on the job, or if you’ve contracted an illness or disease as a direct result of your workplace, contact The Benson Law Firm today. Don’t try to handle your claim without experienced legal representation by an attorney working on your behalf. We’ll work to ensure that you receive the maximum benefits and compensation you are entitled to receive.