This is Missouri Worker’s Compensation attorney Jason Krebs, and in today’s video we thought we’d answer the question, “How long do I have to be employed to file a Missouri Work Comp case and be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits?” In Missouri, if you’re injured on the first day, the first hour of work, you should still be covered by Missouri Workers’ Compensation coverage.
It is not a situation where you have to have 30 days, or 60 days, or whatever before you’re covered. If you’re hurt the first day on the job, it doesn’t matter if you’ve been there one day or 10 years, so you should be covered and be eligible to file a work comp case.
What’s important is that you report that injury as soon as it happens. Maybe you’re new to the job and you don’t want to get fired or don’t want to get in trouble, so you’re afraid to report your injury, but it’s very important that you do so immediately.
In Missouri you only have 30 days to report your injury if you’re going to file a work comp case and you should do it in writing. Go to your supervisor or go to the HR Department and let them know immediately that you are hurt. If they don’t send you right to the doctor, follow it up with an email, or a certified letter, or fax that you can track and keep copies that you did send it.
There is no requirement that you be employed for any period of time before you can file a Missouri Work Comp case and be eligible for Missouri Workers’ Compensation benefits. We do offer a free book to Missouri residents.
There is no upfront cost to hiring a Missouri Workers Compensation attorney for your claim. If you are severally injured by tearing a tendon or ligament, breaking a bone or required a surgery, you should speak to a Missouri Workers Compensation attorney sooner than later.
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