Workers’ Compensation Attorney in St. Louis, Missouri
Protecting employees at the workplace is a notion that has been in effect for many, many years in Missouri. Each state has its own set of laws dedicated exclusively to injured workers in the workplace. These laws allow for workers’ compensation claims which operate somewhat differently than a traditional lawsuit.
Workers’ compensation claims begin when an employee is injured while working. As mentioned previously, a workers’ compensation claim is a different process than a traditional lawsuit as it is subjected to its own set of laws as well as processes different and separate from a traditional lawsuit. Despite this, the facts surrounding the claim may allow for the injured party to have both a workers’ compensation claim as well as a traditional lawsuit. For example, a defective product may cause an injury to an employee while working, potentially giving rise to a workers’ compensation claim as well as a traditional suit against the product manufacturer. Dealing with multiple sets of laws and scenarios is complex, requiring an attorney who understands the entire situation.
Our workers' compensation attorney helps employees in St. Louis, St. Charles County, Madison County, Missouri, and St. Clair County, Illinois, seek the best benefits and payments possible. If you have been injured at work, reach out to us at The Law Office of Steve Slough and schedule a free consultation.
Insurance Company Tactics
Most workers’ compensation claims involve dealing with insurance companies. These insurance companies are not on your side. When insurance companies find out about a potential personal injury claim, they will contact you immediately and attempt to settle your claim for a very small amount. After that settlement, your legal recourses against the wrongdoer are then extinguished meaning that if you find out that your injuries are much more severe than originally thought, you are out of luck. Unfortunately, this is a common tactic insurance companies use to keep you from getting the compensation and treatment you deserve.
Allow our workers' compensation attorney to handle the insurance company for you. Reach out to our St. Louis, Missouri-based law firm and schedule a free consultation of your work-related injury case.
What to Do After Getting Injured at Work
First and foremost, make sure you are OK and seek medical attention immediately. Even if several days have passed and you think you are fine, you need to be seen by a medical professional. Injuries are not always apparent and in many cases, they manifest themselves later in time. Medical professionals are trained at determining how severe your injury is and as such, seeking medical treatment immediately after the injury is vital to both your health and your case.
Notify your employer immediately. It is very important for your workers’ compensation claim that you notify your employer as soon as you get hurt. If you fail to do this, your claim may be denied.
Insurance companies look very closely at your medical records. Plainly stated, for insurance companies, if the records aren’t there, the injury didn’t happen. Likewise, if there is a gap in treatment, insurance companies will deny your claim stating that the injury occurred elsewhere. Despite having no grounds for their statements, this is often how insurance companies operate.
Schedule Your Free Consultation
At The Law Office of Steve Slough, our workers' compensation attorney wants to help you receive the full amount of payment that you can. We provide our services to St. Charles County, Madison County, Missouri, and St. Clair County, Illinois. Contact us in St. Louis, Missouri, and schedule a free consultation. We are here, prepared to give you the service you deserve.