Constantly we talk with people who have been injured on the job. Many folks make crucial mistakes early in their case that can have negative effects. There are a certain 6 things that can hurt your Missouri workers compensation case.
1) Failing to timely report the injury. You have 30 days, but should do it immediately. This can be fatal to your case
2) Seeking treatment outside the workers comp system or before reporting the injury. In Missouri the employer picks the doctor. Seeking treatment on your own without consulting your employer first can cause numerous problems with your case and slow down the resolution of your case substantially in some cases and/or result in you being responsible for the bills and not the employer.
3) Refusing light duty work. Your employer can require you to come in and stare at the wall for 8 hours if they want. Refusing or failing to show you can result in your termination.
4) Failing to keep doctor or physical therapy appointments. How hurt are you if you don’t go to the doctor?
5) Taking unemployment. This will cut off your TTD, when TTD may be more money for you (66% of your average wages).
6) Failing to report pain or injury during Physical therapy. If your pain gets worse, you need to report it immediately.
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If you or or a family member was injured at work or in an on the job accident, The Krebs Law Firm LLC offers a free case evaluation if you have questions. Many people may be worried that they do not have the money to pay for a work comp attorney when they were injured at work but we only handle work comp, accident cases and Social Security Cases on a contingent fee basis. In other words, there is no fee unless we are successful in getting you the benefits that you deserve. If you would like to speak to Jason Krebs and his staff simply call (417) 883-5886 for your free case evaluation today.