The Second Injury Fund is a state-run program that was initially intended to encourage employers to hire returning veterans who might have pre-existing disabilities. The idea was employers to hire returning veterans who might have pre-existing disabilities. The idea was that IF an already disabled worker became injured on the job, the employer and insurance company would only be liable for the disability from the most recent injury. The Fund does not apply just to veterans, however, but to all workers with previous injuries who experience a second workplace injury or illness.
Sometimes it's not a single injury that causes a disability, but rather the combined effect of a previous injury with a new one. Under certain circumstances, the Missouri Second Injury Fund would, then, pay the difference between the cost of the total disability and whatever the employer/insurer paid for the latest partial injury. Our helpful, knowledgeable lawyers at The Law Firm of Webster & Carlton, can help you determine if you may be eligible for second injury fund compensation. We want to help you collect the full amount of compensation you may be owed, so you have the best chance at recovery.
We work on contingency, so we don't get paid until we recover funds in your case. Call us toll free at 800-560-0822 (Springfield) or 888-351-9185 (Joplin) for your free initial consultation, or use our contact form.