How long do I have to file a Missouri Work Comp claim? Springfield Workers Comp Lawyer
First DO NOT confuse reporting the injury with filing the work comp claim
What is the single worst thing that you can do to ruin your Missouri Workers Compensation case?
Not reporting or waiting to report the injury.
Under Missouri Workers Compensation law, you need report your on the job injury within 30 days.
You should notify your Employer in writing and state the date, time and place of your injury to your Employer or supervisor. You should also describe t
The nature of the injury and provide your name and address.
Failure to report the injury in that 30-day period and you may lose your rights to work compensation benefits.
Make and keep a copy of the letter for yourself and keep your copy at home, not work. Another good practice is to also send a copy to the HR department or general manager. Always keep a record of the date and time you delivered it. An email or fax would be good evidence.
How long do I have to file a workers’ compensation claim?
Again, please note that filing a workers’ comp claim is NOT the same thing reporting the injury to your Employer. This is another common mistake I see.
The general rule is claims need to be filed within 2 years of the date of your injury. There are some exceptions that can extend this 2 year deadline, but you should not wait nearly that long to file the claim.
If you received treatment for an injury in the last 3 years and no lump sum settlement, you should contact a Missouri Work Comp lawyer ASAP. You may still be eligible for compensation.
Many of the issues involved as Missouri workers compensation cases often are very complex and can be very technical in nature.
That’s why I created a service I’m calling My 5 Point “Accept No Limits” Consultation – it has a real retail value of $299, but because I want to help as many people as I can get the answers they need during times of extreme hardship and difficulty, I’m making a limited number of these available at absolutely no charge. All you need to do is call my office at (417) 883-5886 or Toll Free 1800 345-0535 reserve your spot.
Here are the different elements of what you’ll experience during this in-depth consultation:
- A Real, Live Face-to-Face Meeting. We’ll meet face-to-face to discuss the specific details of your accident and what happened. You won’t be filling out a web-based data entry form, sending an email, sitting on hold waiting for a real human to answer – you and I will sit down in a room and talk things through. We’ll get to know each other the old-fashioned way – where we can share and learn from each other.
- A Comprehensive Situational Assessment. I’ll let you tell your story in your own words – you talk, I listen. As appropriate, I’ll ask questions to help you recall ALL the details – to make sure we both end up with an identical picture of exactly what happened that put you in this situation.
- A Preliminary Documentation Review. I’ll conduct a preliminary review of any supporting documentation you have that’s relevant to the accident and situation.
- An Honest and Open Q&A Session. I’ll answer any questions that you may have. I’ll be open, honest, and do everything I can to answer your questions to the best of my ability.
- Your Customized “Next Steps to Fairness” Proposal. Finally, after going over your situation, I’ll lay out in clear, easy-to-understand language, what I see as the strengths and weaknesses of your case. In addition, you’ll walk away with specific suggestions on what I see as your best course of action moving forward.
GUARANTEE: While I can’t guarantee ultimate results, I will guarantee our conversation will provide clear, actionable information that you can use to move forward with confidence knowing you’ve received timely and prudent advice.
Is it really worth it to hire a lawyer though? A prominent legal newspaper called Missouri Lawyers Weekly stated that since the 2005 work comp reforms had gone into effect, injured workers that were represented by lawyers received on average of 49% more than unrepresented workers who handle the case themselves.
So most of the time, even after paying their lawyers the injured worker will come out substantially ahead than “going it alone”.
If you would like more information about the Missouri Work Comp process, please request my FREE ebook report Understanding Your Missouri Workers Compensation Case.
(Don’t worry I won’t sell or give your email to anyone) Some people are unsure if they even want to pursue a Worker’s Compensation claim. That too is within your rights and totally your decision. Some Employers will try to pressure you for any variety of reasons not to make a claim. They may try to claim that their work comp premium rates will rise or that you are being a “bad employee”. The thing that you must consider is what is best for you and your family in a decision that you must make. Hopefully this report can ease some of your concerns and allow you to make the choice that you feel is right.
If you 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 Missouri Work Comp, 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 me simply call (417) 883-5886 or Toll Free 1 (800) 345-0535 for your free case evaluation and consultation today.
If location is a concern for you, I personally handle Workers Comp cases all across Missouri.