Getting Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Workers’ compensation law in Missouri entitles injured workers to a variety of benefits. At Hall Ansley in Springfield, we understand the wide range of benefits and when they are available. From the major medical and wage loss benefits to the more easily overlooked benefits, such as reimbursement for travel costs to doctor appointments, our attorneys will work hard to see that nothing is overlooked in your work injury claim.
After being hurt at work, your priority is to get good medical treatment so you can begin the road to recovery. In Missouri, an injured worker’s employer has the right to choose the treating doctor. If you go to a doctor that is not authorized by your employer and the workers’ compensation insurer, you may not be reimbursed for your medical bills. Our lawyers will offer advice on how to seek treatment. We will stand beside you if there is a dispute over who will provide treatment. We will take every step to see that you get good medical treatment and that your medical bills are covered.
Wage Loss Benefits
In most cases, injured workers are entitled to temporary total disability benefits. These benefits are for people who are temporarily disabled and will have to miss work until they have recovered from their injuries. The amount paid will be equal to two-thirds of the injured workers’ average weekly gross wages. We will take care to see that this amount is calculated properly and you get the money you need to get by.
Workers who are injured to the extent that they will not be able to return to work may be entitled to permanent total disability benefits. These benefits are calculated the same way as temporary benefits, but they are paid for the remainder of your life.
We will review your case to determine if you are eligible for other benefits as well, such as a settlement for permanent partial disability benefits.
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