Understand how workers' compensation works in the state of Missouri.
With some minor exceptions, Missouri workers’ compensation law provides coverage for all workers injured on the job while working within Missouri. The Workers’ Compensation Division of the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations administers Missouri workers’ compensation law. The most important thing you can do is talk to a Workers’ Compensation attorney call Northland Injury Law at 816-400-4878.
What Injuries and Illnesses Are Covered by Missouri Workers' Comp?
A workers’ compensation claim can be for an injury or occupational disease or illness. Common forms of industrial (work-related) injuries are low back injuries, neck strains/sprains, and shoulder, elbow, and knee conditions. Cuts and scrapes are usually insufficient for a workers’ compensation claim unless you require treatment beyond simple first aid. Typical occupational diseases include toxin exposure and carpal tunnel syndrome.
To have a work-related injury for purposes of Missouri workers’ compensation, the incident causing the injury must be “the prevailing factor” resulting in the medical condition and/or disability. Further, the injury must “arise out of and in the course of employment,” meaning it must have occurred while you were working, not during your commute or lunch hour.
Missouri treats occupational diseases similarly. The occupational environmental conditions or toxic exposure must be the “prevailing factor” that caused the disease or illness.
Talk to an Attorney
A Missouri attorney experienced in workers’ compensation can be an invaluable asset to your case, especially if you were seriously injured and cannot go back to work. You should strongly consider talking to a worker's comp attorney if you need to appeal a denial of your claim and/or your injuries are severe or complex. For a more comprehensive list of all the questions you might have about workers’ compensation, and for a free consultation, please call (816)-400-4878. If you have further questions about your case, do not hesitate to reach out to us by the phone number, through the contact form, or even with the live chat option listed on our site!