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The first hurdle when you have a work injury is “does the employer admit that this incident happened at all?”  For instance, if you fall off of a ladder and your co-worker was right there holding the ladder, your employer is not going to deny the injury all together.  However, if you fall and no

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  Though not often a priority during the course of a case, the Missouri Statute does compensate injured workers for “disfigurement.”  This is scarring, or a difference in appearance on the face, neck, arms, and hands.   For example, a worker is often compensated for the surgical scars from elbow surgeries, or carpal tunnel syndrome.  Further,

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is considered an “occupational disease” by the Workers’ Compensation statute.  This means it’s not a specific injury at an exact moment in time.  Rather, it develops over time.  The law looks at occupational diseases differently than acute injuries. First, there are complicated issues about when did it start, when did you get

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I often get calls from an injured worker saying, “I received this letter in the mail saying to sign and show up to see the judge on this date so I can get ‘X’ amount of money.” When you’re finished with treatment, you may not hear anything from the insurance company for months.  You have

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  This is extremely important.  Do not hire an attorney who isn’t well-versed on navigating through the Social Security Disability process while you also have a pending work injury case.  If you are unable to return to work and apply for disability, medical bills and settlement have to be handled very carefully. There is something

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  At the beginning of your case, when an adjuster is assigned by the insurance company, he or she will call you for a recorded statement about your injury.  You will be asked how the injury happened, who witnessed it, what body parts you injured, and if you have any prior injury to the same

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Do you have a rotator cuff tear, a torn meniscus, a herniated disk?  The answer is we have no idea without an MRI.  The first doctor you see may send you for x-rays.  Guess what?  X-rays are cheap.  They supply some sense of assurance when the doctor says, “Your x-ray was normal.”  Often workers accept

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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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