Strong Advocates For Injured Workers
The Law Office of Curtis M. Garner & Associates, LLC, represents injured workers who have a dispute over a workers’ compensation claim. We know Missouri workers’ compensation law and we know the tactics that employers’ insurance companies use to deny valid claims or pay less than that worker should recover.
We can step in to advocate for you when:
- Your workers’ compensation claim is denied
- Your permanent disability rating is disputed
- There is a dispute regarding a preexisting condition
- You are not able to get the medical treatment you need
- There is a dispute about pay or position upon returning to work
- A family member is killed in a work-related accident
Why Do I Need A Lawyer?
Missouri law requires most employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance, which pays for immediate and long-term medical treatment for a work-related injury. It also covers a percentage of a worker’s pay if an employee misses work due to a work-related injury. Workers’ compensation benefits are available no matter who is at fault for a work-related injury.
So, why would an injured employee need a workers’ compensation lawyer? Insurance companies regularly reject claims for a variety of reasons. They may fail to pay the full amount a worker is due or cancel benefits before a worker is able to return to work. When this happens, the injured worker has the right to appeal the denial. It’s a complex and adversarial process. In these instances, it is a good idea to enlist the assistance of a knowledgeable workers’ compensation attorney who can advocate on your behalf.
Securing And Protecting Your Workers’ Compensation Benefits
You are entitled to medical care related to your injury, and your medical benefits may continue after you return to work. Depending on the extent of your injuries, you may be eligible for temporary disability checks until you can return to work or ongoing disability payments if your injuries keep you out of the workforce. You can also be compensated for permanent damage to your body even if you are able to work.
Our knowledgeable attorneys work to ensure you are getting the full and correct benefits you deserve under the law. We also intervene at any point when those benefits are threatened or your employer is not honoring your rights.
Also see our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Workers’ Comp And Personal Injury Lawsuits
Most people who have a work-related injury are not able to pursue a separate personal injury claim, but there are exceptions. Examples of cases where a personal injury lawsuit may make sense include when a worker is injured due to negligence by a third-party contractor, or when an injury results from defective equipment or improper maintenance.
Attorney Curtis M. Garner will review the facts of your work-related injury carefully to determine if it makes sense to also file a third-party personal injury lawsuit, which he can also handle.
Schedule A Free Consultation
The initial consultation is free. We will review the facts of your case and provide an honest assessment of your options. There are no upfront costs, and by law, we only collect an attorney fee if we help you obtain a recovery. Call 417-865-5297 or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.