Dedicated Springfield Attorneys Serving Injured Workers
Each year there are more than 55,000 reported workplace injuries by private employers in Missouri. Even minor on-the-job injuries can have a significant financial impact on the affected worker. This is why it is essential to ensure that all Missouri employees have prompt access to workers’ compensation benefits.
At Morrison, Webster & Carlton, Attorneys at Law, we focus exclusively on helping victims of workplace injuries obtain the workers’ compensation benefits that they are entitled to under the law. Our skilled attorneys have over 45 years of experience dealing with employers and insurance companies who refuse to comply with their legal obligations to help injured workers in Springfield and Joplin.
What Are the Most Common Workplace Injuries?
- Burns, scarring & disfigurement – Injuries due to chemical, heat, and electrical burns are often the most painful and long-lasting types of workplace injuries due to the extensive time necessary for reconstruction, not to mention the emotional trauma of dealing with possibly lifelong disfigurement.
- Fatal accidents – According to official federal statistics, 115 Missouri workers died in 2015 due to on-the-job injuries. If you have lost a loved one due to a workplace accident, you may be entitled to compensation.
- Carpal tunnel & repetitive motion injuries – not all workers’ compensation claims arise from a single accident or event. If you work a desk job that requires you sit in one place and perform certain tasks over and over, such as typing at a keyboard, you may develop carpal tunnel syndrome or a similar repetitive stress injury.
- Amputations – Construction, industrial, and agricultural workers often have to use heavy machinery where an accident may lead to amputation of one or more limbs.
- Chemical exposure – If you are exposed to dangerous chemicals, such as asbestos, benzene, or other industrial solvents in the workplace, you may have a workers’ compensation claim if you develop an illness tied to those chemicals.
- Hearing loss – If you are exposed to high levels of workplace noise without proper protection, you may eventually lose some or all of your ability to hear.
- Knee injuries – If you are in a slip-and-fall accident at work, you may suffer serious knee damage, including a torn meniscus, which may require surgery and an extended period of physical rehabilitation.
- Cuts & lacerations – While scrapes and bruises happen every day, in some cases cuts and lacerations incurred on-the-job may be severe and require emergency medical care to avoid becoming infected.
- Arm injuries – A broken arm, or even a sprained wrist, can force you to miss several days of work. In some cases, an arm fracture may require surgery.
- Back injuries – Some of the most common workplace injuries involve the back, including herniated and slipped discs, pinched nerves, lumbar disc and cervical disc fractures, and spasms. In many cases a workplace accident can leave an employee with chronic back pain that lasts for years.
- Pre-existing conditions – If a workplace accident aggravates an already existing injury or condition, you may still be eligible for workers’ compensation to account for the additional damage.
Learn More About Missouri Workers’ Compensation
You may have many questions about whether your injury qualifies you for workers’ compensation benefits. Let our experienced workers’ compensation lawyers help. To schedule an initial, free consultation, call our offices today in Springfield at 800-560-0822 or Joplin at 888-351-9185.