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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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The Columbia Tribune wrote this Story on what we at Kiefer Law know all too well.  If you are a Corrections Officer, your job in  inherently dangerous.  However, what policies are in place to avoid it as much as possible?  If you are hurt, how are you treated afterward?  Does the State offer you support,

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  One in three will file a workers’ compensation claim.   Before your 7 a.m. shift, you leave your phone and keys in a locker and shuffle into the dark, damp hallways that make up Fulton State Hospital. As an employee who works 12-hour long shifts, the scenery never leaves your mind: The dilapidated structure,

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  File your claim with the Missouri division. You’re at work when you’ve hurt yourself. First, report the injury to your employer, immediately!  But, that’s not all…. It isn’t enough to just report your injury to your employer, and it isn’t enough to assume your employer will compensate you without a claim. To ensure the

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