Injured at your place of work or in a work place accident? The Edelman Law Office can help!
Based out of St. Louis, Missouri, we represent people who have been injured at work throughout the entire greater St. Louis and surrounding area. We have over 40 years of combined knowledge and accumulated experience working on worker’s compensation cases, and we have served as contributors to the Missouri Bar in the field of workers compensation, making us highly qualified in this field. Members of our firm have also been members of subcommittees for the Missouri Bar, and have issued contributing works to further advocate injured people’s rights.
To learn more about how we can help you file a workers’ compensation claim, please contact an injury lawyer by calling us today at 314-631-6777.
What You Need to Know About Workers’ Compensation
Workers’ compensation laws were created to protect workers by providing benefits to those injured while on the job. Workers’ compensation also covers illnesses caused by unhealthy working environments or repetitive motion injuries and strains. Some of the benefits you can receive include payments for disability, medical treatments, wage replacement or TTD, vocational rehabilitation, and death benefits.
Here are some of the things you need to know first before filing for a workers’ compensation claim:
- Workers’ compensation laws are different state by state and they can be complex to understand. This is why consulting with a Missouri workers’ compensation lawyer is important, especially if your injury is serious and prevents you from going back to work.
- Note that simply reporting your injury to your employer does not guarantee you workers’ compensation benefits. You have not filed a lawsuit until you file a claim for compensation under workers’ compensation laws. Reporting an injury and filing a workers’ compensation claim are two different things.
- You also need to understand that there are different venues and dockets for workers’ compensation hearings. These cases are heard under an administrative law judge rather than by a jury.
- There are many types of benefits that may apply for your workers’ comp case. For example, a workers’ compensation case may also include the Second Injury Fund (SIF). The SIF may pay you additional money for an injured worker who has a pre-existing medical condition that combines with your work injury, which resulted in a greater disability. If you already had a previous injury before you were injured at work, then you might be qualified to receive additional benefits from the Missouri Second Injury Fund.
Why You Need a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
If you have been injured, it is important to do everything in your power to take care of yourself and get your life back. You may need to get medical treatment and seek professional help. You will also need to adjust to the restrictions your injuries have caused you, as well as adjust to your new lifestyle. During this time, you will certainly need all the help that you can get. Unfortunately, not all employers and insurance companies will work with you to make sure you get the help you need. Some attempt to minimize your payout, while some even go to the extent of avoiding liability altogether.
At this point, hiring a workers’ compensation lawyer who will put your interests first is crucial. The Edelman Law Office can help you navigate through the workers’ compensation system and help you get the full benefits to which you are entitled. To learn more about how we can help you with your workers’ compensation claim, please call us in Missouri at 314-631-6777 to speak with an injury lawyer.