You were hurt at work. You have medical bills showing up in the mail. To make matters worse, you can’t return to work. Someone from an insurance company is calling you and wants to talk. If you’re in this situation, maybe someone has told you to file a workers’ compensation claim.
But although you may have heard of workers’ compensation, you probably have a lot more questions than answers.
So, let our attorneys address some of the most common questions and answers.
Remember, when in doubt, we recommend you schedule a free consultation with an attorney to go over the specifics of your workers’ compensation case.
Q: If I’m injured and unable to work, how am I going to pay my bills?
Employers and insurance carriers are required by Missouri law to pay injured workers for time off work.
You will not make your full salary/hourly wage, but you will be paid 2/3 of your average weekly wage (AWW) at the time of the injury until a doctor releases you back to work. If the amount you are being paid seems low, having an attorney double check that the insurance company has your correct wage rate can help get you the money you are owed.
Q: Will I get fired for filing worker’s compensation claim?
In Missouri, you cannot be fired for filing a workers’ compensation claim. If you are, you may have a claim for wrongful termination. These are difficult and time-sensitive claims, so we suggest you see an attorney immediately to address the issues.
Q: How much is my worker’s compensation case worth?
The answer depends on several factors, including:
- The part of your body injured;
- The amount of money you were making at the time of your injury; and
- The severity and resulting disability (your doctor will assign a percentage of disability) of your injury.
Getting a free consultation with an attorney can give you an estimate and outlook for your case.
Every Worker’s Compensation Case Is Different
No two worker’s compensation cases are exactly the same, so we recommend you speak with a local attorney to see what makes the most sense for your particular case.
Our attorneys understand the law, have experience negotiating with insurance companies and their attorneys and have tested strategies for success. We can help maximize your recovery and benefits.
The attorneys of Marler Law Partners have decades of experience fighting for southeast Missouri employees hurt on the job and will work diligently to maximize your compensation, offer support and relieve the difficult burden you are facing during your time of need.
Don’t waste any more of your time – schedule a free consultation with a trusted attorney today to ensure you get what you are owed.