• Car Accidents

    Have you been hurt in a car accident? BW is here to help! Contact us today to get the representation you deserve.

    Car Accidents
  • Truck Accidents

    Truck accidents seriously injure or kill St. Louis drivers every day. If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident, we can help you immediately, with a free consultation. We've been on both sides of the truck accident fight for 30 years, so we know how to help YOU.

    Truck Accidents
  • Workers Compensation

    Have you been hurt on the job? If so, you are at the right place because we can help. We are one of the leading workers' compensation law firms in the area. We have seen virtually every type of injury there is in our 30+ years of representing hurt workers. Plus, we have the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards. We know the law and will work hard to ensure you get the best results possible. Contact us now and click here for more information about work place injuries.

    Workers Compensation
  • Medical Malpractice

    We pride ourselves on being strong and successful patient advocates for those who have been injured or killed because of medical error. The prestigious Journal of Patient Safety recently reported that as many as 440,000 people die every year from unnecessary medical mistakes. Although many doctors try their best, they are like everyone else and sometimes make mistakes. When mistakes happen, let BW's expert patient advocates help you. Contact us now and click here to learn more about our substantial medical malpractice experience.

    Medical Malpractice
  • Can I be fired?

This is a complicated question.  It depends.  Missouri is an “at will” employment state, which means, generally, employers can fire an employee at any time for any reason, or no reason.  

Missouri Workers’ Compensation law does not require the employer to hold your job while you recover from your injury.  However, there are protections for injured workers:

Retaliation lawsuit.  

The law prohibits employers from firing or otherwise retaliating against an employee for filing a workers' compensation claim.  Employers often try to discourage employees from making workers compensation claims, especially employers are self-insured, meaning they pay the workers' compensation benefits out of their own pockets rather than having insurance.   If this happens, you may have a retaliation claim against your employer.

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

This federal law requires employers to hold your job for you if you are unable to work for a period of time due to a medical condition.  The leave is without pay.  The law requires a certification of your condition by a medical doctor and is limited to 52 weeks.  

These laws are complicated and if you believe you have not been treated fairly, you should contact an attorney experienced in this area of the law.

You are owed your work comp benefits even if fired.

Employers cannot avoid their workers’ compensation obligation by firing employees.  If you are fired, you are still entitled to all of you work comp benefits: medical care, TTD, and permanent impairment.  Beware, however, that if you are fired for some misconduct, employers do not have to pay TTD benefits; however, they do still have to pay medical and permanent injury benefits.  

Employers sometimes make up a reason to fire you “for cause” or misconduct to avoid their TTD obligation.  If this happens, you should talk to an experienced work comp attorney because you may have a retaliation lawsuit.  

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