From the very beginning it is the worker versus a billion dollar insurance company, the insurance company lawyer, the employer, and the insurance company doctors.
If you are injured while at work, why is it so important that you speak to a workers compensation attorney directly? It is not often realized that from the very beginning it is the worker versus a billion dollar insurance company, the insurance company lawyer, the employer, and the insurance company doctors.
The Workers’ Compensation Claims Process
A Missouri corporation is not able to represent itself. When a Missouri workers’ compensation injury occurs, the employer notifies it workers’ compensation insurance carrier which, in turn, has to start filing papers with the Division of Workers Compensation in Jefferson City. From the very beginning both the employer and the workers’ compensation insurer are represented by an attorney. Even though Missouri workers’ compensation law mandates that the employer pick the treating doctor and that the workers’ compensation insurer be excluded from this process, the workers’ compensation adjuster chooses the doctors from its list.
When an Employee Is Unrepresented
Once released from the treating doctor, the final rating will more than likely be very low, if any disability is assessed at all. Missouri workers’ compensation law was changed and now requires a judge to rely on disability opinions from a doctor. Workers’ compensation judges are now required to remain neutral, impartial, and are not to provide any advice to the employee. Therefore, an unrepresented employee is dead in the water without a lawyer fighting for him or her. This is where from the beginning it becomes the worker versus a billion dollar insurance company, the insurance company lawyer, the employer, and the insurance company doctors.
Why Contact the Law Office of James M. Hoffmann Directly?
From the moment you notify your employer of your injury, the process on the other side begins. The claims adjuster, employer, and their doctor are making records. They will use these documents against you every chance they get. You cannot assume that they will accurately document the facts, your complaints, your request for additional care, conversations about permanent problems or even the report of injury.
Call (314) 361-4300. If you wait to do so, it may be too late.
For over 20 years our St. Louis workers’ compensation attorney James M. Hoffmann has been working to protect the rights of Missouri workers who have been injured on the job. When we take on your case you can be sure that everything will be done to protect your rights and get you the compensation you and your family need to recover and move forward.
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