Your attorney needs to level with you. That is what we do at the St. Louis Workers Compensation Center run by Attorney Tom Hyatt. The Missouri workmen’s compensation system is not really designed to be all that fair to workers injured on the job. It is set up to give employers of people hurt on the job and their insurance company the upper hand and control over the whole process. The workers’ compensation judge assigned to your case once your lawyer files your claim with the state has to follow the statutory law as it is written. You are forced to fight constantly to get your proper benefits (medical + off-work wage loss & permanent disability payments) and need a lawyer for it.
The Missouri Workers Compensation Law as passed by the Missouri legislature sets the whole system up and goes out of its way to make it hard for the employee injured at work to get proper benefits because so much is left up to the employer. It makes you the injured employee jump through a bunch of hoops set by your employer, their insurance company, and the doctors they have the right to select for you and make you see if you expect to have your treatment for the injury paid for by them. We are stuck with that system as it exists which was established by a law passed and frequently amended by the state legislature. It is what it is and sets the rules for getting all benefits.
Company-selected doctors, including especially the experts they hire to examine, evaluate and treat and treat you, will always be working primarily in the company’s interest and never in the interest of you the injured worker hurt on the job and in need of medical treatment. The least bit of disloyalty to the workers compensation insurance company’s interests in paying out as little money as possible for medical treatment, temporary total benefits as substitute for lost wages, and permanent disability money benefits, and your employer’s insurance company will fire them and switch you to a different set of doctors willing to work in their interests to save them money at your expense. The Missouri Workers Compensation Law allows them to pick and switch any doctors they choose to treat you. You can’t use your regular health insurance to pay for a doctor you choose to treat you because no health insurance will ever pay for treatment of any work injury.
A good, experienced hard-fighting workers compensation attorney can gather up all the medical treatment records and send you, the worker hurt on the job, out for an evaluation by medical experts who will work in your interests and enable you the injured worker to prove your case to a workmen’s compensation judge. Your attorney will work to overcome your employer’s picky little excuses they always latch onto to deny you benefits if you let them. If you get hurt on the job in the course of your work for an employer, you need to go consult and then hire a good attorney to fight hard to enforce your rights to workers compensation benefits that the company has denied you. It could easily mean the difference between winning and losing any part of your claim.
Your workers compensation lawyer can also constantly be on guard and on the lookout to make sure the insurance company follows through on its promises to pay you weekly benefits for lost wages at the correct rate based on your earnings before your injury. Often they will short change you on the rate. Your attorney can get all your wage data together either from your pay records or the insurance company that gets it from your employer and make sure they are paying you at the correct rate you deserve and not underpaying you at too low a compensation rate, which would also usually be the rate to be used to calculate your permanent disability benefits at the end of the case.
Your workman’s compensation attorney such as Tom Hyatt at the St. Louis Workers Compensation Center can fight hard on every possible issue to make sure that your employer and their workman’s compensation insurance company does not get away with ignoring, undertreating many of the injuries you suffered from your work accident, or underpaying you money benefits for being off work unable to work on doctor’s orders or compensating you for permanent disability loss to your body.
It happens in most cases that the company doctors they send you to for treatment either find nothing wrong with you, play down the seriousness of your injuries from the work accident, or limit the injuries they find the accident caused to only a few of them while ignoring any denying other injuries you suffered from the same accident or the spreading of those injuries after the accident to other parts of the body. You need a good lawyer fighting for you to prevent the insurance company from getting away with that and cheating you out of either medical treatment benefits, temporary off-work benefits when you can’t work on doctor’s orders, and permanent disability benefit payments.
Company doctors the insurance company or your employer picks for you to be exclusively treated by also claim in almost every case that your injuries from the work accident are way less serious or permanent than they really are. If you let the company doctors get away with it by not hiring an attorney to fight back, they will get their way and you will end up getting screwed. DON’T LET THAT HAPPEN. HIRE A GOOD, HARD-FIGHTING WORKERS COMPENSATION LAWYER FROM ST. LOUIS WORKERS COMPENSATION LEGAL CENTER TODAY.
If you get hurt on the job in the course of your work for an employer, you need to consult and then hire a good attorney to fight for your rights to enforce your rights to workers compensation benefits that the company has denied, undertreated or underpaid. It happens in many cases that your employer and their workers’ compensation insurance have to be dragged kicking and screaming into paying you the injured worker any workers’ compensation benefits including medical bills and temporary and permanent disability benefits. A good, dedicated workmen’s compensation attorney can fight to drag them kicking and screaming into doing the right thing, treating you right and paying you right, and doing the right thing, which they will never do on their own if you don’t hire a good lawyer to make them do it.
St. Louis Workers Compensation Center can defend your rights to workers compensation benefits and demand medical treatment and money benefits. We can help you fight to enforce your legal rights to benefits. Please call Tom Hyatt for advice and assistance on any work-related injury suffered on the job in either St. Charles County, St. Louis County, St. Louis City, Jefferson County, Franklin County, Lincoln County, Warren County, Montgomery County, Ste. Genevieve County, St. Francois County, or any other counties in eastern Missouri within 150 miles of the greater St. Louis metropolitan area. Tom will fight tirelessly to win you your denied benefits.
Our consultations are completely free of charge. We can fight to keep the company from cancelling or underpaying or refusing to pay your benefits. Tom Hyatt will talk to you about your case right away. He will fight as hard he can to enforce all of your rights to Missouri workers compensation benefits. Our attorney’s fee would be a modest percentage of the Missouri workers’ comp disability benefits we get for you. Please call now for a free consultation. (See Contact Us).