Missouri Workplace Injury Claims Beyond Workers' Compensation
Many times people come to our law firm office because of an injury in the workplace. In most cases, they have been told about how workers' compensation insurance is supposed to be the only recourse for their injury. In many cases this is true. But, there are other situations where the injury does not fall strictly within the workers' compensation system. In these cases, it may be very helpful to speak with a legal expert on your options for pursuing your claims.
Many people mistakenly assume workers' compensation extends to cover compensation for pain and suffering, or for penalizing a company for dangerous procedures. In reality, workers' compensation only addresses temporary and permanent disability payments and benefits. A workers' compensation claim may not affect anything regarding the company's policies or procedures or have any effect on future employee safety.
If you were injured because of some intentional action by your employer or by a very poor decision by your supervisor, you may be able to start a personal injury lawsuit against your company.
In some cases, your employer may not carry workers' compensation insurance. In this case, you may also be able to start a civil court case against your employer. In Missouri, if your employer has less than five employees, the company is not required to have workers' compensation insurance.
If a third party, like a contractor, caused your injury, you may be able to start a personal injury lawsuit against the third party.
If your injury was due to a defective product that you used at work, it may open the door to a product liability action against the manufacturer of the product.
If you were working with toxic substances, it may lead to being able to sue the manufacturer of the toxic substance.
Whatever your legal challenge, we will listen to your concerns and answer your questions about likely outcomes and consequences. We deal with personal injury and Worker's Compensation in Columbia, MO. Contact Holder Susan Slusher, LLCtoday for a free consultation or case review. Mike Holder manages our personal injury area of the practice. While we are based in Columbia, MO, across the street from the Boone County Court House, we help clients in several parts of Missouri.
The information on this web page does not provide legal advice and does not create an attorney- client relationship. If you believe you need legal advice, please contact an attorney directly.