Worker Comp Attorneys | St. Louis
Work related injuries may be due to an explosion, collapse, fire, equipment failure or similar hazardous event at a construction site, mining area, industrial plant, manufacturing facility or other work site location.
Despite the implementation of many regulations, industry standards, and safety measures, accidents and injuries on the job occur all too frequently. If you are hurt on the job, you most likely fall under Workers’ Compensation (“Workers’ Comp”) law.
Under Workers’ Compensation law, you are entitled to:
- Have your medical bills paid,
- Receive a portion of your wages while you are off work due to the injury, and
- Collect a lump sum payment for the disability left after your medical care ends.
Workers’ Compensation often does not always cover all costs generated by the injuries and damages sustained by victims of accidents at work. It also does not always allow you to file a civil lawsuit, and may limit your recovery to a preset amount based on your disability.
While this recovery of benefits may be limited, you do not have to prove that your employer is at fault.
Many work related injuries, such as those of independent contractors, railroad employees and riverboat workers may be pursued in civil court, however.
Asbestos and other dangerous chemical exposures are excluded from Workers’ Compensation law, but may be pursued in civil court.
Catastrophic Work Injuries or Wrongful Death
According to the Centers for Disease Control, millions of Americans are injured at work each year. Cases involving workers who are injured or killed are often catastrophic. They may be due to an explosion, collapse, fire, equipment failure or similar hazardous event which takes place at a construction site, mining area, industrial plant, manufacturing facility or other work site location such as a railroad or on a boat.
If you are injured on the job:
- Notify your supervisor immediately.
- Make sure that an accident report is filed with the appropriate personnel of your employer.
- Report your injuries in detail as they become more problematic at a later date and failing to report them may hinder your claim.
- If you need medical attention, request it when you file your report with your employer.
- Keep copies of all accident reports and medical records.
If you have questions on work related injuries or Workers’ Comp, contact The Farris Law Firm at 314-A-LAWYER (252-9937) today for a free consultation.
“As soon as I injured my back at work, I called Spence. He had been such a great friend to us after my husband Mike was injured that he was the only attorney I trusted. I didn’t know what to do because I was scared I would miss too much work. He’d given Mike his cell number, so it was easy to reach him. He calmed my fears by letting me know what to expect. He got me the care I needed and settled my case as fast as possible.” – Wendy
About the author, S.E. Farris
Spencer Farris is a personal injury lawyer at The S.E. Farris Law Firm in St. Louis, Missouri. See his profile on Google+
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