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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Death on the Job

Q: Can I sue if I got hurt at work?

It was a terrible day in the neighborhood when co-workers on the set and restaurant patrons nearby saw and heard the commotion after a sound technician from the movie production crew for the new Mister Rogers movie reportedly fell 2 stories to his death. An investigation into the details--including whether the worker suffered a medical event or was the victim of an accident-- is ongoing.

The doctrine of premises liability is a subsection personal injury law. It provides that a property owner has a duty to maintain their property and building conditions in a safe manner and they may be held responsible for damages if they fail to do so, and if their failure results in someone getting injured or killed on their property.

In personal injury lawsuits, the victim must prove that the actions or inactions of another person or entity negligently, recklessly, or intentionally caused their injury. Once liability is established they may be awarded compensatory damages for such items as current and future medical expenses, current and future lost income or diminished earning capacity, and other physical and psychological damages, depending on the circumstances of their particular case.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Workers’ Compensation Basics in Missouri

Workers’ compensation is an employer-funded, state-mandated system that provides benefits to workers who are injured either on the job or while they are engaging in work activities. It also covers employees who are exposed to dangerous substances and suffer long-term health issues or diseases because of that exposure. These benefits are extremely valuable to injured workers because they provide medical coverage and regular payments to deal with lost wages while a worker recovers.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Notice Requirements for Workers’ Compensation in NolMO

Workers’ compensation is a highly valuable benefit system in Missouri. It provides employees with extremely helpful benefits if they are unable to work or have sustained medical expenses because of a work injury or accident.

For the system to function properly, both employers and employees must follow certain notice requirements set out by

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Worker's Compensation: Have You Been Injured on the Job?

Have You Been Injured on the Job? What if Your Employer Has No Workers’ Compensation Insurance?

In most states, employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance to cover workplace injuries sustained by their employees. Workers’ compensation insurance is a “no fault” system which allows every employee to receive benefits for a job-related injury, regardless of who caused the accident or illness, though intentional, self-inflicted injuries may be excluded from workers' compensation benefits. The system balances the needs of workers, who are entitled to receive prompt medical treatment for their injuries, with the needs of employers who can conduct their business operations free from the fear of being sued by an injured employee. Workers’ compensation programs can provide claimants with medical benefits and, provided certain requirements are met, temporary compensation payments until the employee is able to return to work. In certain situations, claimants may also receive permanent benefits such as job retraining or supportive medical care.
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