Kansas City Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
Protecting the Rights of Injured Workers in Missouri
From dangerous jobs like construction work to seemingly straightforward office tasks, there are countless workplace hazards that threaten American workers each day. Because of these hazards, almost every employer throughout Missouri with five or more employees is legally required to carry workers’ compensation insurance to cover on-the-job injuries.
At DiPasquale Moore, we represent employees who have been seriously hurt while on the job, ensuring that they receive their rightful benefits after a workplace accident. We offer more than 50 years of legal experience to fight for the compensation you deserve.
Call (888) 743-1030 to speak with our Kansas City workers’ compensation team today!
Am I Entitled to Workers’ Compensation?
When you’ve been injured while on the job (whether you were at the worksite or not), you are eligible to file a claim for workers’ compensation, regardless of whether or not your employer was “at fault” for your accident.
While not every injury is covered — like those that are self-inflicted, for example — virtually any bodily harm sustained during your official working hours could make you eligible for coverage. You may even be able to file a claim for repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome, provided that it was directly caused by your job.
Qualifying injuries for Missouri workers' comp must meet the following criteria:
- The workplace accident must be the prevailing cause of the injury.
- The injury must arise out the course of employment.
If you are unsure if your injury qualifies for workers' compensation, contact DiPasquale Moore today so that we may advise you of your rights!
Reporting Your Workplace Injury
Once you notice the injury, you should report it to your employer as soon as possible. The deadline for notifying your employer is 30 days in the state of Missouri and only 20 days in the state of Kansas.
The report must be done in writing and state the following:
- Date, time, and place of the injury
- The nature of the injury
- The name and address of the person injured.
From there, your employer is obligated to immediately contact their workers’ compensation insurance provider and file a claim on your behalf. To verify that your injury was reported, you can call the Missouri Division of Labor at 800-775-2667.
Medical Treatment & Compensation
Under Missouri Workers' Comp law, the employer is required to cover all expenses for the treatment of your workplace injury, including:
- Doctor visits
- Prescription medications
- Medical devices
- Physical therapy
Since the responsibility of your physical recovery falls to your employer, they have the right to select your treating physician. Some employers may allow you to see your own doctor, but many insurance companies have a designated physician for workers comp claims. If you wish to receive treatment outside of workers' comp, you may, but you will be responsible for all incurred costs.
A Kansas City workers' compensation attorney can advise you of your rights and ensure you receive the medical care you need!
Why Was My Workers' Comp Claim Denied?
When a workplace injury is reported, an employer has the option to accept or refute the workers' comp claim.
Here are some of the reasons an employer may deny coverage:
- You injured yourself on purpose.
- Your injury happened when you were away from the premises.
- You violated workplace safety rules and procedures.
- You were fighting at the time of the accident.
- You were engaged in horseplay at the time.
Committed Advocacy for Workers’ Comp Claims
Although workers’ compensation is mandatory for most employers, they may still be unwilling to support you in an injury claim. Alternatively, the insurance company may deny your claim altogether — in fact, the vast majority of claims are initially denied. When that happens, you will need an experienced attorney to help you decide your next steps.
Our Kansas City workers’ compensation attorneys are passionate about helping injury victims get the compensation they need to rest and recover. Whether you’re facing a lengthy appeals process or dealing with a reluctant employer, you can rely on our vast resources and legal know-how to turn the tide in your favor. With a proven track record that boasts millions won on behalf of our clients in Kansas and Missouri, DiPasquale Moore is ready to fight for your needs.