Suffering an injury in a work accident can easily turn your life upside down. You may be faced with weeks or months of treatment and rehabilitation. You may have lost income due to the time you missed from work during your recovery. You may even be unable to return to work at all.
St. Louis Work Injury Lawyer
Fortunately, the law in Missouri ensures that workers are compensated for on-the-job injuries. At a minimum, injured workers are entitled to benefits under the workers’ compensation system. When a workplace accident is caused by a third party’s negligence, however, an injured worker may also be entitled to pursue compensation in a personal injury claim.
The work injury lawyers of Sumner Law Group, LLC, have decades of experience fighting for the rights of workers and families. We take a personalized approach to these types of cases, doing everything we can to get your life back on track. You do not have to struggle financially because of an accident at work.
Call us or fill our contact form online for a free case review to learn how we can help.
Why Do You Need a Lawyer After a Workplace Accident?
Under Missouri law, an employee injured on the job is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Employers are required to pay workers’ comp benefits regardless of who may have been at fault for the worker’s injury (unless the worker engaged in reckless misconduct, such as being intoxicated on the job).
Unfortunately, workers’ compensation only covers reasonable and necessary medical treatment for a work injury. Also, workers’ comp only provides partial wage replacement for missed work or reduced earning capacity due to disabilities.
However, if your workplace injury was caused by someone other than your employer or a co-worker, you may also be entitled to pursue a personal injury claim against that third party. In a personal injury claim, you may be entitled to recover damages beyond what workers’ compensation covers. Those damages include full recovery of lost wages and earning capacity, lost enjoyment or quality of life, and pain and suffering.
Having a lawyer to help you after a workplace injury can ensure that you have pursued all available avenues for financial compensation. A lawyer can also determine the maximum compensation you are entitled to under the law. An injury at work lawyer can handle the hard work of fighting for the financial recovery you deserve.
How Our St. Louis Workplace Accident Attorneys Can Help You
If you have suffered a workplace accident, the injury attorneys of Sumner Law Group, LLC, can help you pursue the full compensation you deserve by:
- Thoroughly investigating the circumstances of the work-related injury or illness
- Reviewing your case to identify all options for compensation, including filing a third-party injury claim when the accident was caused by the negligence or recklessness of someone other than your employer
- Documenting the full extent of your current and future anticipated losses, including consulting with experts to assess your damages
- Aggressively pursuing a full settlement while preparing your case for court in the event that a trial is necessary
When you have been injured on the job, you may have overwhelming medical expenses. You may not be getting paid by your job as you recover at home from your injuries. You should not have to add the cost of experienced legal help to your financial burdens. That is why Sumner Law Group, LLC, charges no fees unless and until we secure work injury compensation on your behalf.
Compensation in St. Louis Workplace Injury Lawsuits
If your workplace injury was caused by a third party, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit for full compensation for losses related to your injury. Compensation available in a personal injury lawsuit over your workplace accident includes:
- Medical expenses such as surgeries, doctor visits, medication, rehabilitation, and future anticipated expenses
- Lost wages or income from missed work
- Lost earning capacity, or the difference between your pre-accident and post-accident earnings
- Pain and suffering, or physical and emotional anguish caused by your injuries
- Lost quality of life due to disabilities or disfigurement, or the inability to participate in activities you previously enjoyed, or a reduced life expectancy
Tips for Protecting Your Rights
If You’ve Been Hurt on the Job
If you have suffered an injury on the job, take these steps to protect your options for pursuing compensation for your injuries and damages:
- Report the accident and your injury to your supervisor or employer as soon as possible. Request a copy of any paperwork you fill out or any reports they write.
- If possible and safe, document the accident scene, including whatever caused the accident and your injuries, the presence of any warning signs or safety equipment, or the weather, lighting, and surface conditions, if relevant. Also, photograph any visible injuries you suffered.
- Get the names and contact information of any non-co-workers or other companies that were involved in the accident. For example, if a subcontractor on a construction site was responsible for your accident, get the subcontractor’s name and contact details. Also, get the names and contact information of any eyewitnesses to the accident.
- Get examined by a doctor as soon as possible after the accident and follow all treatment instructions and recommendations. If you delay seeking medical treatment or do not comply with your treatment regimen, this may hurt your claim.
Finally, speak with a St. Louis work injury attorney from Sumner Law Group, LLC. We can discuss the details of your workplace accident in a free and confidential consultation.
Time Limit for Filing a
Third-Party Work Injury Claim
When a third party causes your work injury, such as a negligent driver who hits you while you are on the job, or the manufacturer of a defective tool that injures you, you may be entitled to pursue a personal injury claim against that third party.
In most cases, you have five years from the date of the work accident to file a third-party injury claim. If you file your lawsuit after the five-year time limit expires, the at-fault party can have your case dismissed. When that happens, you lose your right to seek compensation in court.
Types of Workplace Injury Cases We Can Help With
Workers across St. Louis are exposed to a wide variety of accident and injury risks on the job. Our job injury lawyers can help you pursue financial compensation for these types of workplace injury claims:
- Cherry Picker Accidents
- Construction Equipment Liability
- Construction Product Liability
- Crane Failure
- Equipment Failure
- Factory Accidents
- Falling Objects
- Forklift Accidents
- Industrial Accidents
- Ladder/Scaffold Falls
- Machinery Malfunctions
- Man Lift Bucket Accidents
- Mechanical Power Press
- Power Equipment Accidents
- Power Line Contact Injury
- Punch Press Malfunctions
- Unsafe Equipment
- Workers’ Compensation Immunity
Talk to a Work-Related Injury Lawyer Now
If you have suffered an injury on the job in St. Louis, you may be entitled to financial compensation. For a free consultation with one of the workplace injury lawyers from Sumner Law Group, LLC, contact us today. We can explain the types of compensation you might be entitled to seek and how a job injury attorney can help you pursue maximum financial recovery.