Getting injured at work is both scary and stressful. Any time off means potentially losing valuable wages, and you may also be facing uncertainty about whether your injuries are temporary or permanent.
One of the best ways to protect your health and your job is to seek the help of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. At Holland Injury Law, LLC, we are ready to guide you through all aspects of this difficult time and ensure that you receive the benefits you need and are entitled to receive.
In Missouri, workers’ compensation benefits can include:
- The costs of necessary and reasonable medical treatment
- Reimbursed mileage for trips to and from medical appointments
- Wages for temporary and permanent disability benefits
- Death benefits paid to surviving family members
How Do Disability Benefits Work?
If you are expected to recover and your injury is classified as temporary, you can receive benefits proportional to your level of temporary disability. If the injury leaves you completely unable to work, you can collect temporary total disability benefits for up to 400 weeks. Usually, pay is about two-thirds of your average weekly wage, with some case-specific restrictions.
If your injury allows you to work but at a lower capacity (and therefore a lower wage), you may be able to collect temporary partial disability benefits for up to 100 weeks. Generally, these benefits are two-thirds of the difference between your pre-injury weekly wages and your current weekly wages.
Permanent disability benefits work much the same way and can be classified as either total or partial. In both cases, payments would be about two-thirds of your average weekly wage.
The information above was a very broad overview that couldn’t cover all provisions and exceptions. There is no substitute for case-specific advice, so please call our firm to discuss your disability benefits with an experienced lawyer.
Handling Your Case From Application Through Appeals
In a perfect world, it would not be necessary to work with an attorney when seeking workers’ compensation benefits. Unfortunately, however, the system is so bureaucratic that legitimate claims are often denied for dubious reasons. Having a legal advocate working for your best interests can make a huge difference in the outcome of your case. When you call our firm, we can represent you from the initial application for benefits through all levels of appeal. Through it all, we will work to ensure that the process is as smooth and stress-free as possible during what is already a difficult time for you and your family.
Contact Us To Learn More
Holland Injury Law, LLC, is based in St. Louis and serves clients throughout the surrounding areas of Missouri. To discuss your case with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney, call us at 314-684-8321 or send us an email.