Webster & Carlton ensures that you receive the respect, compensation, and medical treatment your injury deserves from your employer and their insurance company.
Springfield Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
Serving Workers & Their Families Throughout Missouri
A work injury can turn your entire world upside down.
- You may be unable to provide for yourself or your family.
- You may be afraid to speak up.
- You may miss out on activities you enjoy.
- You may question your self-worth and be more likely to fall into depression.
- You may be more loyal to your employer than they are to you.
You have everything to lose; you need someone to ensure you are treated fairly.
At Webster & Carlton, our attorneys have nearly 50 years of combined legal experience in this field. They and our team of paralegals and support staff understand how complicated Missouri workers' compensation can be and the stress you may be under in dealing with it.
We work tenaciously to help injured workers receive the compensation, medical treatment, and support they deserve. Based in Springfield with offices in Joplin and Springfield, we serve workers across the state.
Our firm focuses solely on Missouri workers' compensation law and operates on contingency, which means we don't get paid until you receive the benefits you need and deserve.
We've helped thousands of injured workers in Missouri receive compensation for their injuries and medical expenses, including surgery, rehabilitation therapies, and ongoing medical treatment.
"My life has been forever changed because of excellent representation!!!"Matt and the entire staff have been my STRENGTH while I have been weak. Comfort through the most tragic time of my life, and most of all willing to fight on my behalf for justice!- Christy W.
"Highly recommend Tom Carlton and his associates."Tom went above and beyond to go out of his way to help us. He was a very personable and very upstanding person and cares about your needs and goes out of his way to do the best job for you to get what you deserve.- Jennifer L.
"I feel blessed that they hear what I am saying."Firm does an excellent job of telling me what I need to do to help myself which then allows them to keep my case moving.- Jan J.
Each year, more than 55,000 workplace injuries are reported by private employers in Missouri. These can range from catastrophic to minor, with serious life consequences. Even minor on-the-job injuries can have a significant financial impact on the affected worker. This is why ensuring all Missouri employees have prompt access to workers’ compensation benefits is essential.
Having represented workers with all types of injuries across various industries, our team has seen it all in dealing with employers and insurance companies who may refuse to comply with their legal obligations in claims and appeals.
Unfortunately, many claims are initially denied after going through a rigorous review process. These denials can be based on disputes over whether the injury occurred at work, late reporting of an injury, and medical report discrepancies.
As a worker, you can make mistakes in seeking benefits, such as failing to promptly report an injury, not seeking immediate medical attention, or not accurately documenting an injury and its impact.
At Webster & Carlton, we can help you navigate the complexities of the claims process, avoid common pitfalls, and effectively advocate for your rights in seeking the compensation to which you are entitled. We handle all types of claims, from those involving chemical exposure, back injuries, industrial accidents, occupational diseases, and more.
- Back Injury at Work
- Bone Fractures
- Burns, Scarring & Disfigurement Injuries
- Chemical Exposure
- Commercial Truck Accidents
- Construction Worker Accidents
- Crush Injuries
- Cuts & Lacerations
- Electrical Hazards
- Falling Objects
- Fatal Work Accidents
- Forklift Accidents
- Industrial Work Accidents
- Invisible Work Injuries
- Ladder Scaffolding Accidents
- Leg, Knee, & Ankle Injuries
- Lower Back Injury
- Medical Professional Work Injuries
- Occupational Diseases
- Power Tools & Machinery Injuries
- Pre-existing Conditions
- Public Employees Injured at Work
- Repetitive Stress Injuries
- Scissor Lift Accidents
- Second Injury Fund
- Shoulder Injuries
- Vehicle & Heavy Equipment Accidents
- Workers' Compensation
Types of Workplace Accidents in Missouri
Workplace injuries can happen anywhere - on a construction site, in a manufacturing plant, or even in the office. The truth is that every worker deals with the risk of injury every day. Often, these work-related injuries can have life-altering repercussions.
Most employees injured in Missouri are eligible for workers' compensation benefits. These benefits can help you financially support yourself and your family as you deal with the injury now and in the future.
What Are the Most Common Types of Workplace Accidents?
While injuries can occur in countless situations, the following are some of the most common types of workplace accidents and their causes.
Experienced FirmWith over 48 years of collective legal expertise, the legal professionals at Webster & Carlton, specializing in workers' compensation, are dedicated to navigating the complexities of Missouri's workers' compensation system, and obtaining the compensation, medical treatment, and support our clients deserve.
Client First RepresentationOur firm has a focus on clear communication, transparency, and personalized service, we ensure that our clients are well-informed and actively involved throughout the legal process. From the initial consultation to case resolution, we prioritize building strong attorney-client relationships based on trust and collaboration.
Detailed Oriented PreparationAt Wester & Carlton, we pride ourselves on our meticulous approach to each case. Our commitment to detail ensures thorough preparation for all aspects of your legal journey, be it mediation, trials, or any other events your case may involve. You can trust that your case will receive the detailed attention it deserves.
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Our firm exclusively practices Missouri workers’ compensation law. That singular focus allows us a depth of experience and knowledge that might not be available at firms that cast a wider net. We know how to fight employers and insurance companies that try to limit what they pay after an employee injury. We handle all sorts of work-related injury claims, including commercial and truck accidents, burning, scarring and disfigurement, fatal accidents, occupational disease, repetitive motion injury, exacerbated pre-existing conditions, and psychological stress.
You Only Pay if We Recover Compensation
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Why Do I Need a Missouri Workers’ Compensation Attorney?A workers’ compensation claim can take several months, even years, to resolve, especially if you continue to suffer from the effects of your work-related injury. Your employer and its insurance company will be represented by highly skilled attorneys who know how to exploit an injured employee. You need to level the playing field by hiring a Missouri workers’ compensation lawyer who will fight on your behalf.
What Happens If My Employer Denies Me Workers’ Compensation Benefits?In many cases, your employer or their insurance company will promptly pay any workers’ compensation benefits. But if they deny benefits–or stop paying them before you receive what you believe you are entitled to under the law–then you have the right to file a claim with the Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation. An administrative law judge appointed by the Division will review your claim and either conduct mediation between you and your employer, or alternatively hold a formal hearing to determine your right to compensation.
What Kinds of Injuries Are Covered?
Under Missouri law, workers’ compensation only covers injuries that arise “out of and in the course of employment.” This includes accidents that occur during your work shift. It also includes “occupational diseases” contracted at work, provided workplace exposure was the “prevailing” cause.
Workers’ compensation is not necessarily limited to injuries suffered at your normal workplace. If your job requires you to travel–i.e., make deliveries or conduct on-site work with clients–you may be compensated for injuries sustained in the course of such travel. However, Missouri workers’ compensation law specifically excludes injuries sustained while commuting from home to work and back, even if you use a company-owned car.