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Under Workmans Comp Laws, Can My Employer Retaliate Against Me?

Workmans Comp Laws in Missouri

Under workmans comp laws, your employer and their insurance is made potentially liable to pay benefits for your work-related injuries and is responsible for providing you medical treatment, temporary lost pay benefits and permanent disability money benefits, the workers compensation benefits to which you may be legally entitled. However, in many cases, companies are not willing to pay workers compensation benefits to their employees who were injured on the job. They often resist reporting their employees' work accidents and injuries to their workmans comp insurance company in the first place, even though they are required by state law to cover their employees with workmans comp insurance and report all such accidents and injuries.

Many employers will deny or reject claims for workman's comp benefits, beginning by pretending many work accidents never occurred, hiding them from their workman's comp insurance company, refusing to send their injured employees out for treatment, and refusing to pay for necessary medical tests such as MRI's, CT-scans, or nerve conduction studies, or for experts.

Also, while employers are legally prohibited by workmans comp laws from retaliating against their employees for “exercising their rights” to demand workmans compensation benefits, this prohibition can only be enforced by the employee who has been discriminated against by filing a lawsuit against the employer for civil damages. Such a civil suit will never go before a workmans comp judge, but only a circuit court judge in the county courthouse. Such retaliatory employment discrimination includes firing, demoting, harassing, or laying off employees to punish them for demanding and standing up for their rights to workmans comp benefits. As you might expect, whenever employees file such lawsuits against their employers who discriminated against them for sticking up for their rights to benefits under workmans comp laws, employers will always fight back and defend their actions by bringing up excuses such as bad behavior by the fired worker or any other excuse for their actions they can think up.

If you run into hostility from your employer after getting hurt on the job or the employer seems to want nothing to do with your work injury, it can be difficult to ensure that you get the benefits you deserve under workmans comp laws. Whether or not your employer seems willing to work with you to get you medical treatment and temporary off-work wage loss benefits, it is always better to hire an attorney who understands workmans comp laws. Your workmans comp lawyer can file your claim against the company and their workmans compensation insurance with the appropriate Missouri state agency.

If you recently have been seriously hurt on the job and seek benefits for your St. Louis City or County, St. Charles, Franklin, Lincoln, Warren, or Jefferson County workers compensation injuries, or injuries suffered anywhere else in eastern Missouri, and you want to know more about Missouri's workmans comp laws, call Tom Hyatt at St. Louis Workers' Compensation Center now. We can help you understand your rights under our workmans comp laws and will fight hard and tirelessly for you to get do everything we can to make them pay for the workmans comp benefits you deserve and have either been denied or underpaid, but must fight to get them to pay.

What Do You Need to Know About Workmans Comp Laws?

When it comes to workmans comp laws, the most important thing you should do when you have been injured at work or on the job is to tell your employer as soon as you can how and where you were injured and then follow up by filing a written report with your employer as soon as possible after your injury occurs. Your report should specify to your employer the time and place of injury and exactly how you got hurt, and what parts of the body were injured. You should ask your employer for medical treatment for your work injuries.

If your employer refuses to pass on this information to their workmans comp insurance company, or you get denied or underpaid any workmans comp benefit (medical treatment, temporary off-work lost wage payments), you can either continue to let them get away with it or can hire a lawyer to fight to enforce your rights under workmans comp laws. Your attorney from St. Louis Workers Compensation Center can file your claim with the state, fight to get you paid your medical and temporary off-work wage loss benefits, and then if necessary present your claim for denied, unpaid, or underpaid benefits. Without a lawyer fighting to enforce your rights to these benefits under Missouri's workmans comp laws, you stand almost no chance of winning them.

Workmans Comp Laws | St. Louis Workers' Comp Lawyer

Why It Is Important to File a Claim Under Workmans Comp Laws

Some people will say that they do not want to report an accident to their employer or file a workers compensation claim because they are afraid that their employer or boss will retaliate against them. However, if you keep your accident and injury to yourself, sooner or later you are likely to get fired, laid off or have your hours reduced anyway after your employer learns you have been seriously injured on the job and are either unable to work at all or have serious work restrictions or limitations that would keep you from performing all of your former work activities.

In such a case, if you do nothing and take little or no action to demand all your workmans comp benefits (medical treatment at company expense, temporary off-work lost pay, and permanent disability at the end of treatment), you will soon lose your right to receive and enforce your rights to any workmen's compensation benefits under our workmans comp laws. Losing your rights to benefits by doing nothing to demand or enforce your rights to them when the employer or their insurance company refuses, denies or underpays them will only put you in a much worse situation than if you had only stood up for your rights by demanding them and hiring an attorney to file your claim and fight for them.

Want to Learn More About Workmans Comp Laws? Contact St. Louis Attorney Tom Hyatt

Missouri's workmans comp laws are complicated, confusing and tend to favor employers and insurers over their employees injured on the job. Sometimes it can feel like the laws are designed to work against you and give your employer and their workmans comp insurance company more rights than it gives you the worker injured on the job. That is why it is very important to hire an attorney who concentrates and focuses full-time on representing people who have had accidental work injuries suffered while on the job and who has the experience and commitment to use Missouri workmans comp laws to file your claim for benefits and fight on your behalf.

Workmans Comp Laws in St. Louis, Missouri

Whether you get accidentally injured at work on the job In St. Louis City or County, St. Charles, Warren. Lincoln, Franklin, Jefferson, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve County, or any other county in eastern Missouri, Tom Hyatt will fight hard to make sure you get the benefits to which you are legally entitled under our workmans comp laws. In order to enforce your rights he will use the law to pry them out of your employer and their workmans comp insurer.

You can either fight back or just talk whatever they decide to give you. If you have been hurt on the job either at your usual workplace or any other place while working for your employer or engaged in activities related to your employment, call St. Louis Workers' Compensation Center today for a free review of your workers comp case and to learn more about Missouri's workmans comp laws. If you cannot come to us because of your injuries, then we will gladly come to you within 100 miles of the St. Louis Area.

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