ST. LOUIS WORKERS' COMPENSATION LAWYERS
On-the-job injuries can be the beginning of a trying time in your life. In addition to dealing the physical and emotional pain of an injury, you have to deal with the workers’ compensation system.
Workers’ compensation is supposed to be a streamlined system that quickly gets you medical treatment, wage replacement, and payment for your permanent injuries. That is often not the case. Workers’ compensation insurance companies have a financial incentive to delay, deny, and discourage. That is what they do.
You cannot count on your employer or the workers’ compensation judge helping you through the process. In fact, your employer acts as your adversary in many cases. We make it our business protect you through the process so that you get the work comp benefits you are entitled to receive.
Workers' compensation is not a handout
Some of our clients are uncomfortable about filing a workers’ compensation because they think of workers’ compensation as a “handout.” It is not. Workers’ compensation is an insurance benefit required by law as a bargain between employees and employers.
Employees have few legal protections. Employees cannot sue their employers in court for negligence, and employers can fire employees for (almost) any reason, including when a work injury leaves them unable to work. The trade-off is that employees are protected by workers compensation which provides them medical care, temporary wage replacement, and compensation for permanent injuries suffered on the job. It is one of the few protections for American workers.
Don’t fear filing a workers compensation claim
It is against the law for your employer to fire you for filing a workers compensation claim. After all, if employers try to discourage workers from filing claims, the employer is evading its part of the “bargain” and its obligation to injured workers.
While we understand fears of filing, it is important not to let them stop you from filing an injury claim when injured on the job. Your health is too important, and work comp benefits are the only protections offered by the law in many circumstances.
If you feel that your employer may have retaliated against you for filing a workers' compensation claim, our firm of experienced workers' compensation attorneys will fight to protect your rights and your job.
Understand your Rights
If you are injured on the job, you have a right to three benefits under the law:
- Medical care. Work comp is required to pay for the medical care necessary to cure your work injuries.
- Temporary wage replacement. You have a right to weekly payments while you are treating and unable to work.
- Permanent injury payments. You have a right to permanent total disability payments, if you unable to work as a result of your injuries, or permanent partial disability payment if you are able to return to work.
Make sure you understand these rights. Review our website, or call us with any questions.
We help people who have been injured in work accidents. We offer a free consultation so that you may discuss your concerns with an experienced attorney. Contact us online or call our St. Louis office at 314-862-6865 to schedule your free initial consultation. When you meet with us, ask about:
- Evening and weekend appointments
- Home and hospital visits
- No attorneys fees unless you collect