The decisions you make regarding your workers’ compensation case can have a lifelong effect on you.
The workers’ compensation system is a no-fault system; an injured worker may receive benefits irrespective of the cause of the injury. For this reason, most workers’ compensation cases are uncomplicated and are handled routinely. However, there are some cases that become quite complicated, because of involvement of issues pertaining to Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid, and unemployment benefits. Some cases that involve Second Injury Fund claims also become complicated.
Why You May Need a Missouri Workers’ Compensation Attorney
The law does not require an injured worker to hire an attorney, but he or she may need a lawyer. Employers and the insurance company are required to have an attorney at the time of a hearing before an administrative law judge or the Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation. An injured worker has the right to retain a Missouri workers’ compensation lawyer to represent him or her. An injured worker may need a lawyer in the following situations:
- Your workers’ compensation case cannot be resolved by settlement and must be heard at an evidentiary hearing.
- Your workers’ compensation insurer has advised you to hire a lawyer.
- An administrative law judge has advised you to hire an attorney.
- Your workers’ compensation has been denied by the insurance company.
- You are not getting the medical treatment that you think you deserve.
- The insurance company has denied the tests or surgery ordered by the treating doctor.
- You are not getting your weekly benefits even though you are not in a condition to work.
- The insurance company is not responding to communication.
- The employer or insurer is claiming penalty for use of drugs, alcohol, or a saf.ety violation.
- You are unclear about how to proceed.
- You think your are not being treated fairly.
- You are intimidated by the workers’ compensation process.
- Your employer has harassed, demoted, or fired you, because of your injury, or because you made a claim for compensation.
- You are already receiving or have applied for disability benefits.
- You are qualified for Medicare or will qualify in the next 5 years.
- Medicaid or Missouri HeathNet has paid for your bills.
- You believe you are permanently disabled and can no longer work at any job.
- Your employer does not have worker’s compensation coverage.
- The insurance company is not paying your medical bills, even though you are getting treatment from an authorized medical care provider.
- You are not confident to handle your case without an experienced Missouri workers’ compensation attorney.
Missouri Workers’ Compensation Attorney
By having a competent Missouri workers’ compensation lawyer by your side, you can stay assured that you will get the benefits that you rightfully deserve. Our law office offers free and private consultations. It is always in your best interests to speak with an attorney to help determine what your best course of action will be. Call the Law Office of James M. Hoffmann today at (314) 361-4300.