The case of Jennifer Thomas v. Forsyth Care Center was decided by the Southern District Missouri Court of Appeals on March 22, 2016. Ms. Thomas was injured on the job at the nursing home she worked at, hired an attorney to file and fight a workmen’s compensation claim for her, and was first given a temporary award of worker’s compensation benefits. Her employer and their workers’ comp insurance company refused to pay her the benefits awarded her. Eventually her lawyer won for her permanent total disability benefits and medical treatment benefits.
After that Ms. Thomas filed a motion for “commutation” of her compensation benefits, asking for them to be awarded to her into a lump sum payment. Her employer and their insurance company ignored the original temporary order to pay the employee’s workers’ compensation benefits and then ignored the order to pay permanent disability benefit. They appealed the order by the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission to pay her all benefits in a lump sum to the Court of Appeals. On top of that the employer and its workmen’s comp insurance company forced its work-injured employee, Ms. Thomas, to go out and pay her own medical bills for all treatment for her work injury first, and only then submit the bills the them for reimbursement to her, refusing to pay such bills directly.
The Missouri Court of Appeals affirmed the decision and order of the Missouri Labor and Industrial Relations Commission which ordered the lady’s former employer and their workmen’s compensation insurance company to pay all those benefits in a lump sum, pointing out the great hardship to the injured worker their refusal to pay her benefits and forcing Ms. Thomas to first pay her own medical bills before they would reimburse her caused on her.
One good reason a worker injured on the job in a work accident really should consult and hire a lawyer is that even when the company finally sends you out to a doctor for treatment, the doctors they choose for treatment will do everything they can to deny or minimize the worker’s injuries. They will go out of their way to blame any of your work injuries on pre-existing degeneration (like arthritis) or previous injuries they can find or come up with. A good, experienced hard-fighting workers compensation attorney can gather up all the medical treatment records and send you the injured worker hurt on the job out for an evaluation by medical experts who will work in the employee’s interests and enable you the injured worker to prove your case to a workmen’s compensation judge.
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 for your rights to enforce your rights to workers compensation benefits that the company has denied you.
As the Thomas case shows, often employers and their workers’ compensation insurance companies have to be dragged kicking and screaming into paying the workers’ compensation benefits a judge has already awarded to the their employees injured on the job in an accident or work-related repetitive motion occupational disease such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
St. Louis Workers Compensation Center can defend your rights to workers compensation benefits and demand treatment and money benefits. We can help you fight to enforce your legal rights to benefits. We can fight to keep the company from cancelling or underpaying or refusing to pay your benefits. Please call Tom Hyatt for advice and assistance on any work-related injury suffered on the job in either St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Franklin County, Jefferson County, St. Charles County, Warren County, Lincoln 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. Our consultations are completely free of charge. 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 workmen’s 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).
That includes a lot of towns and cities from the City of St. Louis; Ballwin, Bellefontaine Neighbors, Berkeley, Black Jack, Chesterfield, Crestwood, Creve Coeur, Dellwood, Ellisville, Eureka, Fenton, Ferguson, Florissant, Hazelwood, Kirkwood, Jennings, Manchester, Maryland Heights, Normandy, Overland, Pacific, Pine Lawn, Rock Hill, St. Ann, St. John, Sunset Hills, University City, Valley Park, Vinita Park, Webster Groves, Wildwood in St. Louis County; Augusta, Cottleville, Dardenne Prairie, Defiance, Foristell, Harvester, Lake St. Louis, O’Fallon, St. Charles, St. Peters, Weldon Springs, Wentzville and West Alton in St. Charles County; Beaufort, Gerald, Gray Summit, Labadie, Lonedell, Mt. Hope, New Haven, Pacific, Robertsville, St. Clair, Stanton, Sullivan, Union, Villa Ridge and Washington in Franklin County; Elsberry, Foley, Hawk Point, Millwood, Moscow Mills, Old Monroe, Olney, Silex, Troy, Truxton and Winfield in Lincoln County; Arnold, Barnhart, Byrnes Mill, Cedar Hill, Crystal City, De Soto, Dittmer, Festus, Grubville, Fletcher, Herculaneum, High Ridge, Hillsboro, House Springs, Imperial, Kimmswick, Olympian Village and Pevely in Jefferson County; Aspenhoff, Bernheimer, Corcord Hill, Hollstein, Hopewell, Innsbrook, Marthasville, Minden, Pendleton, Pinckney, Truesdale, Warrenton and Wright City in Warren County; as well as many other towns and cities in the counties listed above and all other counties in eastern and central Missouri.
Our consultations are completely free of charge. 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 workmen’s 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).