Our St. Louis Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Are Ready to Help
1. Claim Denied
This is the most obvious reason why you need to hire a workers’ compensation attorney in St. Louis, Missouri. You report the injury, request medical bills, lost wages, and other benefits and reimbursements, and the employer/insurer refuses. An attorney can explain the situations where the employer/insurer has investigated the injury claim and there are serious questions about whether the claim is compensable. Unfortunately, as any lawyer, we see many cases where no investigation (or half-hearted investigation) is done, and the employer/insurer still denies the claim.
2. Claim ignored
Workers’ compensation is supposed to be a quick and efficient system for giving care and benefits to injured workers in Missouri. The system only works this way if employers/insurers live up to their obligations. This is when an attorney needs to step in. The law and common courtesy require that they timely respond to worker injuries. After all, injured works are physically, emotionally, and often financially hurting – a Missouri workers’ compensation lawyer can help.
3. Fired after making a claim
Employers are not required to hold your job for you if you are injured and unable to work. If you are fired without cause, you are still entitled to all of your workers’ compensation benefits. However, some employers will make up a reason or “cause” for firing an employee after a work injury to avoid paying TTD benefits. Missouri law prohibits employers from firing workers for making a workers’ comp claim.
4. Make work jobs
If your doctor releases you back to work with restrictions, your employer can make a modified job available within the legal restrictions. If it does so, your employer does not have to pay TTD. Many of these jobs involve things like sitting in the office opening mail and are often painful to a recently injured employee.
5. Refusal to honor work restrictions
Some employers in St. Louis, MO, say they will make a job available within your medical restrictions – but they do not. They will put you in a job that requires you to lift more than you are supposed to or sit longer than you are able. This can cause unnecessary pain and risk of further injury in Missouri.
6. Bills unpaid, prescriptions unreimbursed
Employers are often slow to pay or deny prescriptions and medical referrals for workers who need attention right away. A personal injury lawyer from our firm has no problem reaching out on your behalf. Speak with tough attorneys who know how to beat the insurance companies!
7. Refusal to authorize medical treatment for workers
Employer/insurance companies choose the doctors you see, and sometimes they refuse to provide the medical care recommended by their own doctors. We will stand up for your rights!
8. Late TTD checks
Late TTD checks are another common form of harassment. The check from the insurance company should arrive every week, and injured workers rely on these checks to pay their bills and feed their families. There is no excuse for delayed TTD checks. Employers/insurers know workers rely on these checks to make ends meet but they far too often harass employees by delaying payments after the injury. Our workers’ compensation attorneys do battle with insurance companies all day every day. Contact our law firm now!
9. Refusal to pay for permanent damages
Employers will sometimes provide the personal care they are obligated to provide but then fail to pay the employer for permanent injuries after they reach maximum personal improvement. Sometimes, even if you’ve tried to be fair, you need a personal injury lawyer in Missouri to have your back, contact us today and schedule a free consultation with our workers’ compensation lawyers.
10. Low –ball offers for permanent injuries.
The doctors were chosen by the employer/insurer often give you an impairment rating once you have reached maximum medical improvement. These ratings are usually too low and a personal injury lawyer from our firm can spot these a mile away. They often try to justify these low ratings by claiming your injuries are “pre-existing” conditions and not related to the work accident.