If you’ve suffered an on-the-job injury or illness, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits from your employer or their insurer. The attorneys at Eng and Woods can guide you through this process and ensure that you receive all the compensation to which you are entitled.
Workers’ comp helps with the cost of medical treatment and lost wages during your recovery. Missouri law requires most employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance to cover such expenses.
You’ll need to work with a qualified workers’ compensation attorney to ensure that you receive the full amount you’re entitled to. That will depend in part on the type of disabilities that result from your injuries. Other factors are:
Temporary partial disability means that you are able to return to work while still recovering from your injuries, possibly with light or modified duties.
For example, your doctor may determine that you can work only four hours a day instead of eight. Or the doctor could restrict the activities you may engage in, such as lifting heavy objects.
Temporary total disability means you are unable to work at all while recovering from a work-related illness or injury.
Your injuries may leave you with some form of permanent impairment that affects your ability to work. Permanent partial disability means you are still able to perform some jobs, but not others.
You may have to seek a different job from the one you had before. In some cases, you may be able to return to your previous job but with modified duties or reasonable accommodations in place.
Permanent total disability means you are no longer able to work at any job. You may be entitled to weekly payments for life from your employer or their insurer.
If you’re dealing with a workplace injury, please contact Eng & Woods for a free consultation. We will answer all of your questions and fight to recover the compensation you deserve.