Workers compensation

When you have an on-the-job injury, you need to know what your rights, benefits and obligations are.  Workers compensation law defines the rights and obligations of employees and employers when employees are injured on the job. 

If you are injured at work, the first thing to do is tell and give proper written notice to your employer.  Prompt notice is a key to ensuring you receive all benefits. 

Most employers have workers compensation insurance that covers you if you have been injured on the job.  You are generally entitled to benefits and compensation in a Missouri workers compensation claim whether you, a fellow worker or your employer was at fault. Work needs to be the prevailing factor in causing your injury and disability.

Dean Law Office, LLC can ensure that you receive all of your benefits and that your final award is the maximum recovery.

Benefits:

+Medical Care and Expenses
Your medical expenses including doctor bills, physical therapy and prescriptions should be paid 100% by your employer. Read More 

+Temporary Total Disability (TTD)
TTD is payments for lost wages. If you are out-of-work because of your injury, your employer should be paying you two-thirds of your average weekly wage. Read More

+Temporary Partial Disability (TPD)
TPD is also payment for lost wages.  Temporary partial disability is paid when you have returned to work but are not working as many hours as you did before the accident.  You are due .6667%. Read More

+Permanent Disability
If you have a lasting effect from your injury, you are generally entitled to a lump sum payment for that disability which can be permanent partial disability (PPD) or permanent total disability (PTD). Read More

+Permanent Total Disability
If you are permanently and totally disabled from all types of employment, you may quality for permanent total disability benefits. Read More

Third Party Actions
It is important in every case where there is an accident on the job, to analyze whether someone besides your employer can be held responsible. Read More

Report Your Injury
REPORT YOUR INJURY, REPORT YOUR INJURY, REPORT YOUR INJURY. Read More

The Second Injury Fund
Additional benefits may be available from the Second Injury Fund.  The Second Injury Fund compensates an injured worker when his or her current injury combines with a prior disability to create an increased combined disability. Read More

Choice of Law
In some cases it is important to analyze where the claim should be filed in order to maximize benefits. Read More

Filing a Claim
Under Missouri workers' compensation law, an employee must file a Claim for Compensation with the Division, within two years from the date of injury or last payment made on account of the injury by the employer or its workers' compensation insurance carrier. Read More

The Independent Medical Examination (IME) or Rating Appointment
The goal of an IME or rating is to obtain an expert opinion that can be used in your case in determining your disability. Read More

Appearances at Court
Your appearance at court may be required for pre-hearing conferences, voluntary conferences or settlement hearings. Read More

Light Duty, Limited Duty, Restricted Duty (These terms all mean that you can do some work but you cannot do your full job.) Oftentimes the treating doctor will release you to light duty also known as limited duty or restricted duty. Read More

Recorded Statements
You must cooperate with your employer in order to receive workers compensation benefits. Read More

Coordination of Benefits
The accident that you had or the occupational disease or illness that lead to your workers compensation claim, may be so severe that you become entitled to social security disability benefits or disability benefits through a disability policy. Read More

Make the Most of Every Doctor’s Visit
Every doctor is extremely busy so you need to maximize the time you have with the doctor. Read More

Case Managers: Blessing or Curse?
Often the insurance company will assign a case manger to your workers compensation case. Read More

Why Hire Dean Law Office, LLC?
To make sure you get all benefits in a timely fashion. Read More

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Margaret Dean 816-753-3100