As a personal injury law firm, we handle St. Louis worker’s compensation claims. If you were hurt at work, you are likely entitled to compensation. In most states, most businesses have worker’s compensation insurance. Filing a claim against your employer is simply a request for benefits. Most people think they are costing their employer money if they file a claim. This is not always true. Work comp claims are similar to auto accident claims. With auto accident claims, while you file suit against the other driver, it is his insurance policy that pays. Unless your employer is self-insured, an insurance carrier will be involved.
To recover, you do not need to prove that your employer was at fault. Each state’s worker’s compensation statute is very clear as to what you can and cannot recover for. It seems primitive and unfair but typically, your award is calculated according to a formula. Pain and suffering are not considered as part of this formula.
While most states follow the same, general work comp principles, there are some differences. Most states require that the injured worker prove that he was hurt on work property, while performing work-related duties. If you were at home making phone calls for work and the ceiling fell in on you, your injuries would not be compensable under the Worker’s Compensation Act. Likewise, if you were at your place of employment but you and some buddies decided to have a wrestling match in the hall, resulting in your injury, your claim would not be covered. If you prove those two things, generally, your employer must pay you for your missed time, pay your medical bills, and provide you with a lump sum settlement when you are finished treating. We handle both Missouri and Illinois workplace injury cases and we have created a separate page for each of those states for your convenience. See our Missouri and Illinois pages.
We have represented workers in many different fields of work including construction, heavy equipment, factory, industrial, health care, and education. We handle all types of job injury claims, including:
- Knee Injuries
- Shoulder Injuries
- Back injuries
- Sight and Hearing Loss
- Muscle Tears
- Meniscus Tears
- Repetitive Stress Disorders
- Neck injuries
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, CTS
- Brain Injury
- Heart Attack
If you have an injury and want to know facts about that injury, check out our injury and treatment page here.
We will evaluate your case for free and tell you if we think you need representation. We will never take a fee unless and until we obtain a settlement or verdict for you. Contact St. Louis Personal Injury Attorney Lindsay Rakers or call at (800) 517-0602.