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The Worker Compensation Process: Getting Started

Worker Compensation Process & Benefits

If you are injured on the job or at your workplace, the first thing you need to do as part of the worker compensation process, is notify a top supervisor, manager, or human resources. You should do this first verbally, then in writing (being sure to keep a copy as proof). Your notice should include how, where and when you were injured at work or were diagnosed with a work-related disease and what parts of your body were injured. As part of the worker compensation process, Missouri law requires you to notify your employer of all these things in writing within 30 days after the date of the accident, or in the case of a work-related disease within 30 days of the date you were diagnosed with the disease and told it was work-related. Notifying your employer does not file your claim but it does help start the ball rolling.

Failure to notify them will cause you legal problems that eventually might deny you worker compensation benefits but missing the exact deadline is not necessarily fatal so try to notify your employer as soon as you can after the accident even if the deadline has already passed. Make sure to note down the date you do and keep a copy of your written notice. After notifying your employer of your work accident and injuries, ask them to notify their own workmen's compensation insurance of your work-related accident and injuries and to send you to a doctor for medical evaluation and treatment.

If you have recently been hurt on the job in the greater St. Louis area or surrounding counties, or anywhere in eastern Missouri, and you want to get worker compensation benefits, call Tom Hyatt at St. Louis Workers' Compensation Center now to learn more about your legal rights and the worker compensation process. The more time you wait, the harder it can be to get your worker compensation benefits. It is important to fully understand your legal rights, and Tom Hyatt of St. Louis Workers' Compensation Center will tell you exactly what they are and how he can help you to enforce them. We offer a FREE no obligation consultation and will always fight hard for you. Injured and cannot come to us? Not a problem, we will come to you within 100 miles of St. Louis. Contact Tom Hyatt about your workers comp claim today so you can get the worker compensation claim process started. Doing nothing is not a good option.

What If My Employer Refuses to Start the Worker Compensation Process?

In many cases, you as a worker injured on the job will face resistance from your employer or their insurance company when you report your work-related injury and request to be sent to a company-selected doctor for treatment. If you face employer resistance or problems when you tell your supervisor or top boss about our job injuries and they refuse to send you to a doctor for treatment, then you will have no choice but to find your own doctor to provide evaluation and treatment. Whenever this happens, you should immediately contact a worker compensation attorney for advice and legal assistance to enforce your rights to worker comp benefits.

How Much Time Will It Take to Start the Worker Compensation Process?

Unfortunately, the worker compensation process can take time since the legal system works very slowly. However, it is the only possible way to bring your employer and their worker compensation insurance into the legal process and to force them to provide you worker compensation benefits in the form of medical treatment, weekly lost pay benefits while you are unable to return to work, and permanent disability benefits at the end of treatment. If it is not possible to come to a negotiated settlement for your worker compensation benefits and your case has to go to trial before a judge, this can delay the process even longer but is the only alternative to accepting whatever they decide to offer you.

Worker Compensation Attorney in St. Louis

Throughout the worker compensation process, your attorney will negotiate with the insurance company for a settlement to pay your medical bills for past and any necessary future treatment, temporary lost pay money benefits for missed work at the correct rate and length, and permanent disability money benefits based on your permanent losses from your work injuries after all medical treatment is complete. Ultimately, your goal will be to build a strong case that allows you to get the best compensation benefits possible.

Call Attorney Tom Hyatt Today If You Have More Questions on the Worker Compensation Process

Insurance companies have lawyers and adjusters working against you full time. Their main goal is to save the insurance company the most money possible by minimizing and reducing the amount of compensation you receive as much as possible. If you have been injured at work or on the job, it is important for you to have experienced legal representation on your side that will help you understand the laws and help you fight for the worker compensation benefits and treatment you deserve.

Contact St. Louis worker compensation attorney Tom Hyatt today for more information on workers comp claims.

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