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Workers' Comp FAQ

Answers from Missouri's Labor and Employment Firm

Many workers are unfamiliar with Missouri's workers' compensation laws, especially when most workers have never filed a claim before. At The Law Offices of Kevin J. Dolley, our St. Louis workers' compensation attorneys focus on strictly labor and employment law in Missouri, and we would be glad to offer you knowledgeable advice and representation in your case.

If you were recently injured at work, you likely have questions about your rights, the claims process, and what type of benefits you are entitled to receive. In order to help answer your questions more expeditiously, we have developed a list of frequently asked questions. We encourage you to continue reading, and for further information please contact our office directly.

When should I report my injury?

If you have been hurt on the job, you should report your injury immediately to your supervisor or employer. If you fail to report your injury to your employer within 30 days, you could jeopardize your ability to receive valuable workers' compensation benefits.

Can I choose my own doctor?

In Missouri, an employer or their insurer has the right to choose your treating physician or healthcare provider, however, you maintain the right to select the treating physician at your own expense. In some cases, the employer and insurer may authorize you to see your own doctor.

What types of benefits are available?

In addition to medical benefits, injured employees may be entitled to temporary total disability benefits and permanent partial or permanent total disability benefits. If a worker has died due to a workplace accident or an occupational disease, his or her surviving family members may be entitled to survivor benefits, which are paid weekly by the employer/insurer.

When will I begin receiving my benefits?

Benefits are not paid for the first three business days of the disability if the injured worker is unable to work; this is called the waiting period. If you cannot work for more than 14 days, then you will be paid for the "three day waiting period." Medical bills and disability payments are paid by the employer's workers' compensation insurance carrier.

How much can I expect to receive?

Benefit payments for temporary total disability, permanent partial disability, and permanent total disability are calculated at 66 2/3% of the employee's average weekly earnings, not to exceed the maximum amount set by law. Workers' compensation payments are tax free.

What do I do if my claim is denied?

If your claim is denied, you must take your case to the Missouri Court of Appeals within 30 days.

To learn more about Missouri's workers' compensation laws and how we can be of service to you, contact The Law Offices of Kevin J. Dolley by calling (314) 684-8180 today!

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The Law Offices of Kevin J. Dolley represents clients in labor law, employment law and employment discrimination matters throughout the State of Missouri, including St. Louis, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Boone County, Jefferson County, Lincoln County, Jackson County, Phelps County, Franklin County, Ste. Genevieve, St. Clair and the Cities of St. Louis, Kansas City, St. Charles, O'Fallon, Lake St. Louis, Hillsboro, Troy, Clayton, Rolla, Columbia, Jefferson City, Kirksville, Farmington, Cuba, Augusta, Union, Maryland Heights, Cape Girardeau and Springfield.

Law Offices of Kevin J. Dolley, LLC - Missouri Employment Lawyer
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Phone: (314) 684-8180 | Local Phone: (314) 645-4100.