Workplace injuries can take a significant physical, financial and emotional toll. Even a temporary disability can cause enormous financial strain and uncertainty about your family’s future and wellbeing. Adding insult to injury, insurance companies routinely seek any reason to devalue, delay or outright deny your claim, no matter how serious your injuries may be.
Holder Susan Slusher LLC has established a reputation for providing successful representation for injured and disables clients in workers compensation cases. If you’ve been hurt on the job, contact our experienced workers’ compensation lawyers today by completing the form on this page or calling 573-499-1700 for a complimentary case evaluation. Our firm proudly helps working men and women from across Missouri, including Columbia, Moberly, Fulton and Boonville.
Understanding Missouri’s Workers’ Compensation Law
The Missouri Industrial Commission administers the state’s workers’ compensation program. Through this program, judges throughout Missouri resolve workplace illness or injury disputes between employees and employers.
Missouri’s Workers’ compensation process involves the following steps:
- Report your injuries to your employer: Under Missouri law, you only have 30 days to report your injury to your employer, although there are rare exceptions to this rule. Once reported, your employer can choose which doctor will treat you. If you want to choose your own physician, you have that right, but you must do so at your own expense.
- File a workers’ compensation claim: Generally speaking, a workers comp claim must be filed within two years of suffering a workplace injury or illness.
- Claim review: Holder Susan Slusher LLC will carefully review every detail of your claim. We will investigate medical records, witness statements and expert opinions. We will research pertinent case law, regulations and statutes to build your strongest case.
- Legal proceedings: Pre-hearings, mediations and hearings occur throughout your claim’s duration. Prehearings are conducted to update the process of your treatment or the status of your claim’s investigation. Mediations are the part of the process in which judges become involved in the case. Hearings are formal processes in which evidence is introduced to support cases.
- Appeal: Rulings by the Missouri Industrial Commission judges can be appealed by either side in work comp cases.
Workers’ compensation claims can be incredibly complex, and require the knowledge, skill and resources of an experienced workers comp attorney to ensure your rights and best interests are protected. The accomplished lawyers at Holder Susan Slusher LLC can help you successfully navigate the process and obtain the maximum compensation you deserve.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits
If you’ve suffered a workplace injury, you may be entitled to a variety of benefits, including:
- Medical expense payments
- Weekly paychecks up to two-thirds of your regular pay
- Lump-sum payments based on the degree of your disability
- Permanent, tax-free, disability payments up to two-thirds of your wages for the rest of your life
- Death benefits which can include ongoing paychecks and burial expense payments
Protection from Employer Retaliation
It is illegal for your employer to retaliate against you for filing a workman’s comp claim. You should never feel intimidated or afraid to seek the compensation you rightfully need to heal and stay financially afloat during this difficult time. The law protects employees against employer retaliation such as:
- Termination of employment
- Unfavorable treatment
- Reduction of hours
Don’t let fear of retaliation prevent you from getting the help you need. If you’ve suffered a personal injury on the job, contact our office immediately to ensure your rights are protected.
Call Our Worker’s Comp Lawyers Today for a Free Case Evaluation
If you’ve suffered a work-related injury in the Columbia, Moberly, Fulton or Boonville areas of Missouri, call Holder Susan Slusher LLC today at 573-499-1700 to discuss your case for free with one of our experienced worker’s compensation attorneys. The clock is already ticking on your case; don’t wait another day.