According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average worker who files for workers’ compensation benefits receives $5,848. To find out more about your potential benefits, contact a qualified attorney now.

Effective Missouri Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

With the Lake Law Firm, LLC, you get experienced workers’ compensation attorneys who know how to pursue your claim. We have assisted many clients in obtaining money for lost wages, uncovered medical expenses, and disability costs. Our workers’ compensation practice is dedicated to getting appropriate compensation for clients who have suffered workplace injuries.

Contact us, to make an appointment with an aggressive and effective workers’ compensation law firm.

From our offices in Jefferson City, Missouri, we represent clients from all over central Missouri, including Columbia, Camdenton, Fulton, Moberly, Mexico, and Osage Beach, as well as Cole County, Boone County, Camden County, Callaway County, and Randolph County.

Lake Law Firm, LLC
3401 West Truman Boulevard
Jefferson City, Missouri 65109
Phone: 573-761-4790
Fax: 573-761-4220

Columbia, Missouri Office
Phone: 573-449-1472
Lake Ozark Region

Workers’ Compensation – An Overview

The term “workers’ compensation” refers to a system of laws outlining specific benefits to which injured employees are entitled and the procedures for obtaining such benefits. Every state has its own workers’ compensation laws, which are contained in statutes and regulations and vary somewhat from state to state. In addition, there are special federal workers’ compensation-type laws for employees of the federal government and other specific types of industries.

Under the law in most states, every business or employer must have some form of workers’ compensation insurance to cover injured employees. Filing a workers’ compensation claim is similar to filing an insurance claim; it is not a lawsuit against an employer, but rather a request for benefits. If you have been injured at work, attorneys experienced in workers’ compensation law can explain the complexities of workers’ compensation and help you secure the maximum benefits to which you are entitled.

What Are My Employer’s Responsibilities Under Workers’ Compensation Laws?

Workers’ compensation insurance benefits provide cash and medical care for workers who become disabled because of an injury or sickness suffered because of their job. If death results, benefits are payable to a worker’s surviving spouse and dependents. In most states, employers are required to purchase insurance for their employees from a workers’ compensation insurance carrier. In some states, larger employers who are clearly solvent are allowed to self-insure, or act as their own insurance companies, while smaller companies (with fewer than three or four employees) are not required to carry workers’ compensation insurance at all. When a worker is injured, his or her claim is filed with the insurance company, or self-insuring employer, who pays medical and disability benefits according to a state-approved formula.

Workers’ Compensation Benefits & Returning to Work

Under most workers’ compensation systems, an injured employee is entitled to the following types of benefits…

Can I Recover Workers’ Compensation Benefits if I Work for Federal, State or Local Government?

Whether a state or municipal employee is covered by the state’s workers’ compensation statutes, or by a different system, depends on the specific provisions of each state’s laws. In general, state workers’ compensation statutes specifically set forth which types of employees are eligible to receive benefits under the state system, and which types of employees are not.

Can I Sue My Employer Instead of Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

The answer to this question is, in most cases, no. Workers’ compensation systems were established as a tradeoff in which employees gave up the right to sue employers in court for their injuries, in exchange for the right to receive workers’ compensation benefits regardless of who was at fault for their injuries. Most employers are required by law to provide workers’ compensation insurance for the benefit of their employees. In exchange for providing that insurance, employers are protected from defending personal injury claims brought by employees in civil actions.

What are the Rehabilitation Rights of Injured Workers?

The word “rehabilitation” in the area of workers’ compensation has two very different meanings. When most people think of rehabilitation, they think of physical therapy or rehabilitative care aimed at overcoming an injury and regaining functionality. Did you know that there is also vocational rehabilitation? In many states, injured workers who cannot return to their former employment are entitled to this type of rehabilitation at the expense of their employer’s workers’ compensation carrier.

Workers’ Compensation Resource Links

Federation of 54 labor unions provides links to information on occupational health and workers’ rights.

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
Provides statistics and articles on injuries and illnesses in the workplace from the federal government’s labor statistics agency.

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
A free consulting service for workers with disabilities and their employers from the US Department of Labor that provides information about job accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the employability of people with disabilities.