Workers’ Compensation

The importance of protecting and compensating workers for injuries sustained on the job is a pillar of a just and fair economic system, and it has a long history in the States of Missouri and Illinois. If you are injured at work, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits (sometimes referred to as workman’s comp). Regardless of how the injury happened or who was at fault, your employer is required to pay for medical treatment, compensate for time lost at work, and provide disability benefits for any long-term problems associated with the injury.

In addition, the injury need not have happened at the actual workplace. As long as the activity at which you were engaged was on behalf of or at the direction of your employer, it is considered an injury that occurred during the course and scope of your employment, and you are entitled to compensation.

These types of injuries include:

Slip or trip and falls

Automobile accidents while driving for work or on behalf of your employers

Repetitive motion or occupational injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome;

Construction site accidents

Many more

Your St. Louis Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Is my injury covered by Workers’ Compensation?

Anyone who is injured while doing work for their employer is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Employees do not have to perform physical tasks as part of their job duties in order to qualify. Covered injuries can happen in unexpected instances, such as getting injured while taking a break in the lunchroom or during a company-sponsored outing. At Healey Law LLC we can evaluate whether someone is entitled to benefits in the case of nontraditional employer/employee relationships.

What should I do if I am injured at work?

After any workplace injury, the employee should notify his or her employer IMMEDIATELY and then seek medical help. In addition to any verbal communication that may take place at the time of the incident, it is important to put the notice to the employer in writing or certified mail. Typically, the employer dictates the medical care, chooses the doctors and pays the bills, so without proper notice, they will not begin to provide treatment.

How much does it cost to hire a Workers’ Compensation attorney?

At Healey Law LLC, we work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you don’t pay anything unless we recover a settlement for you. If there is a recovery, we are entitled to recover the expenses we advanced on the case and attorney’s fees. The contingency fee is set forth in a written retainer agreement. It is typically a 25% fee in Missouri and a 20% fee in Illinois.

**If you are not being treated fairly by your employer after an injury or if you are not getting the medical treatment you need, contact us today for a free and confidential case consultation.**

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