As soon as your employer denies your claim or you fail to receive your benefits promptly, contact a workers compensation lawyer immediately.
Workers’ compensation is a system that provides financial benefits to those who get injured on the job or suffer an occupational illness. So it is great to hear an injured worker say that their supervisor filled out an incident report and provided the name of a physician.
However, there are cases where an employee’s supervisor refused to fill out the paperwork because they felt the injury wasn’t severe or because the exact date/time the pain started isn’t known. They may make up any excuse so that they can deny the claim.
If you have been injured at work and your employer is denying your claim or is refusing to do his part, contact the Law Office of James M. Hoffmann today. Our legal team has a strong history of helping injured workers get the medical attention and financial compensation that they need.
What to do if You’re Being Denied?
In order to protect yourself and your claim, put your claim in writing even though your employer refused to do so. Write down as many details as possible about your injury. In addition, write down the conversations you’ve had with your employer, write down that he/she refused to fill out an incident report and that you were denied medical care even though you asked for it.
Then, give a copy to your boss and be sure to keep a copy for yourself. Missouri Workers’ Compensation strictly forbids an employer to retaliate in any way against an employee for pursuing a work comp claim. However, if you are harassed in any way, write this down and make a copy for yourself before giving it to all of your superiors.
Contact a Workers Comp Attorney
You may be able to get by without hiring a workers compensation lawyer if your injury is minor and your employer admits that the injury is work related and they cooperate with helping you receive your benefits.
However, as soon as your employer denies your claim or you fail to receive your benefits promptly, contact a workers compensation lawyer immediately. Many times employers and workers’ comp insurers have a policy of rejecting a claim outright, assuming that a worker will fail to appeal. And that is typically how it works because as many as 80% of people who are hurt at work will accept the denial of their claim.
Do not fall into this category. Remember, when you hire a work comp attorney there are no upfront costs and this gives you the best chance of receiving your full and fair compensation benefits.
Get Legal Help
If you have been injured at work and are being denied benefits for any reason, call the Law Office of James M. Hoffmann today. We will explain your legal rights and options and will help ensure that your rights are protected. Call us at (314) 361-4300 or fill out our online contact form.