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Providing Proper Notice to The Employer in A Missouri Workers’ Compensation Case
It is very important that you as the injured worker provide proper and timely notice to your employer of the work accident or occupational disease. Missouri law requires that you provide written notice of the time, place and nature of the injury...
Kansas Workers’ Compensation
Like Missouri, the injured worker must report the work accident to the employer and should request medical treatment. This notification should be right away. It is required to be done within 30 days of the date of injury, or 20 calendar days from the date medical treatment is sought...
Missouri Workers’ Compensation
An injured worker should first report their injury to the employer (see notice requirements below) and request medical treatment be provided for it. Keep a record and copy of the notice of injury as well documentation on your initial medical treatment. Make sure to explain to any and all health care providers that your injury is work-related and specify how you were injured or believe you were injured. Your condition may be one where the medical causation is an issue requiring the opinion of a physician to support it in order for you to get medical treatment voluntarily provided by the employer and/or its' workers' compensation insurance company early on. Your employer is required to provide reasonable and necessary medical treatment to cure and relieve you of the work injures. Your employer has the power to choose the healthcare provider. Any bills you receive should be presented to your employer/workers' compensation insurance company. It is the requirement of the employer to file a Report of Accident with the Division of Workers' Compensation. It is the responsibility of the injured worker (or your attorney) to file a Claim for Compensation with the Division of Workers' Compensation.
Accidents vs. Repetitive Injuries or Occupational Diseases
Many times, there will be a specific incident which causes the work injury, such as a car accident, fall, or work involving lifting an object. This usually presents a more straightforward workers' compensation case. In many circumstances though, the worker will be doing a certain task over a period of time which brings on the injury suffered. Repetitive stress injuries often occur in the back, hand, wrist, elbow, forearm, shoulder, or knee. One might also be exposed to a particular substance that causes a damaging medical condition. Repetitive motion injuries and occupational diseases are generally more difficult to prove, and more often require the aid of an attorney. It is not unusual that the employer or the insurance company deny repetitive motion claims. Do not despair, the Law Office Of John Adams Christiansen, L.C. has successfully prosecuted many such cases successfully. Call 816-702-6788 or e-mail us.