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      The short answer to this question is “I have no idea.”  There are files in my cabinets that are 8 years old and still open.  There are others that sit in my filing cabinets for a short 4 months before going into my storage areas.  What’s the difference?  TREATMENT. If you have

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Here’s something insurance companies love to do.  After you report your injury and your claim has been assigned to an insurance adjuster, you will likely get a phone call from him or her.  Or, you will instead get a letter, or a packet in the mail.  One thing they will ask of you is to

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COMMUNICATION, COMMUNICATION, COMMUNICATION!!!! You’ve probably heard this when it comes to successful marriages.  Well, it absolutely applies to a successful attorney/client relationships.  I follow a group on Facebook with thousands of members across the country discussing their work comp case.  At least a few times a day there are posts about workers having questions, and

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Here’s something that happens all too often.  Let’s say you fall off a ladder at work and break your ankle.  At the emergency room, and at follow-up appointments, your ankle gets all the attention.  You may be sent to an orthopedic specialist that focuses on feet and ankles.  This is all good.  But, your hip

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  Let me tell you something about insurance companies.  They like to close files.  They like to close files quickly, PERMANENTLY, with as little expense as possible.  They don’t like loose ends, and they don’t like cases on the “always open” list. When you are released from treatment, that doesn’t always mean that down the

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  There are lots of acronyms in the Workers’ Compensation system.  If you’re an injured worker navigating the Workers’ Compensation system, you’ve probably heard things that make no sense.  Maybe you’re afraid to ask, you’re intimidated by the adjuster, case manager, doctors, and your employer.  But you do have a right to ask and to

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If you read nothing else in this post, do not ignore this: DO NOT LEAVE ANY DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENT WITHOUT AN OFF WORK SLIP, OR NOTE CLEARLY STATING YOUR WORK RESTRICTIONS!!!!! Here’s the bottom line- unless the authorized doctor has outlined clear work restrictions, you will be expected to go back to work.  The employer will

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Venue will be in Missouri for all accidents occurring here.  However, if the “contract for employment” was made in Missouri and the injury occurred elsewhere, it also can be venued here.  We see this a lot with workers who travel for work, or have projects out of state, like construction, road maintenance, or other jobs

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This has been on the minds of many of people contacting my office in the past weeks. What if you contract COVID-19 at work? First, Missouri law says that you must prove that the number one cause of your condition or injury, above all other possible causes, is work, whether that be a broken leg,

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It is frustrating to read articles like this in the New York Times. This kind of mentality about disabled people is based on an assumption that disabled people are dishonest, lazy, or cheating the system.  It ignores the fact that Social Security Disability is essentially an insurance policy.  Applying for disability is simply a person

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