How Work Restrictions Apply in Workers’ Compensation Claims

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While most employers will cooperate with medical restrictions, there are some who will try and use them as a basis for termination. After a workplace injury, an employee is allowed by law to seek medical treatment until the physician in charge determines that the employee has reached maximum medical improvement (MMI). This means that in the physician’s opinion, no further … Read more

Updated: June 1, 2015

Should You Choose Your Own Doctor After a Work Injury?

It is important to follow the proper protocol if you are injured on the job. In one month alone, close to 10,000 workman’s compensation injuries may be reported. Fortunately, a minority of these are the result of a life-threatening accident that requires emergency care. More often, an employee has a small accident, reports it to … Read more

Updated: November 11, 2019

Employer Claims It Shouldn’t Have to Pay for Injured Smoker

The employer claimed it should not have to pay permanent total disability to injured woman who refused to quit smoking.  An interesting precedent was set by a case settled in August, 2013. A worker became injured at work while lifting some books. The injury necessitated back surgery, which she had, but she was unable to … Read more

Injured Employee Receives Unemployment & Disability Benefits Simultaneously

The Missouri workers’ compensation commission recently made the decision to allow a man to collect unemployment benefits and simultaneously collect disability benefits. These two are usually mutually exclusive because in order to collect unemployment, a person has to be both willing and able to work, while disability benefits are an option when a workplace accident … Read more

Updated: April 28, 2016