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Can my employer fire me for being on workers' comp?

There are many things that could be valid grounds for termination, but your workers' compensation status would not be one of them. If your employer were to tell you that you were being fired because you were receiving benefits, they would probably be violating your rights under Missouri law. 

What is a repetitive motion injury?

Missouri residents who work in a wide range of jobs may be at risk for developing a repetitive motion injury that is related to the performing of their work duties. Carpal tunnel syndrome is one type of condition that can be experienced due to repetitive strain on an area in the wrist or hand.

Permanent partial and total disability: What is the difference?

If you get injured at work in Missouri, you have the right to seek benefits from workers' compensation. These benefits are typically decided based on your injury and the impact it has on your ability to work now and in the future. The length of your benefits relies on which type of disability workers' compensation determines you have. Two of those options are permanent partial and permanent total.

How do I know if I have workers' compensation coverage?

If you get injured while on the job in Missouri, you expect that your employer will be responsible and help you with any costs or losses incurred as a result. The state helps to ensure this happens by requiring employers to have workers' compensation coverage. However, not every employer is required to have this coverage and some employers may try to skirt the law by not having coverage. So, how can you know if your employer has workers' compensation insurance?

Can I get a second opinion for my workers' comp?

Completing your Missouri workers' compensation process can be delicate. You do not want to prematurely close off your options for receiving compensation before you understand the full extent of your injuries as well as the treatments and/or rehabilitation efforts you will require. One way to alleviate your worries is to seek a second doctor to examine you before you settle your claim.

What Workers' Compensation hearings do I have to attend?

If you are injured on the job in Missouri, you probably will file a workers' compensation claim. You will receive benefits as set out under the law. Throughout the process, you may have to attend hearings or other meetings about your benefits to ensure you receive what is due to you. There are several different types of hearings or meeting you may attend.

What is the proper way to handle a heavy lifting injury?

Ideally, a workplace facility where heavy objects must be transported should have preventive measures in place to keep workers from being injured. However, should these measures fail, any Missouri worker that suffers a lifting injury on the job should take crucial steps during those immediate minutes and hours after the injury has occurred to prevent further harm and to receive proper compensation.

Your workers' comp claim was denied, now what?

If you were to be injured while on the job and subsequently denied workers' compensation coverage, this denial might constitute a breach of Missouri employment law. Most employers and insurance companies know this, and, being respectful of the law, they tend to honor legitimate claims. However, if you should be unlucky enough to have to deal with a questionably ethical denial of coverage, there would still be potential avenues via which you could obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

When was workers' compensation established?

Workers' compensation is required in Missouri for most employers. You have probably heard of it before. It offers coverage for you if you are injured at work. It may pay medical bills and provide you with replacement income if you cannot return to work. One thing you may not know is how this program originated and how it was created within our country.

Why should I report minor injuries to my employer?

If you have an accident at work in Springfield, you might not realize when you should file an incident report for your injuries. Not all injuries are severe when they first occur. It is important for you to report all injuries, even those you feel are minor and insignificant to establish a record of them. 

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