Springfield Industrial Work Accidents Lawyers
Industrial Work Accidents Are Common in Missouri Impacting Tens of Thousands of Workers Each Year
On-the-job accidents and injuries can happen in any occupation, but those who work in factories, warehouses, and other industrial settings are often more at risk. These injuries can prevent you from providing for yourself and your family, while requiring ongoing medical care and treatment. At The Law Firm of Webster & Carlton, our Missouri workers' compensation attorneys help people in these situations get the benefits they deserve. With more than 45 years combined experience in representing clients throughout the Springfield and Joplin areas, we act as a strong legal advocate on your behalf to help ensure your rights are protected.
Common Causes of Industrial Accidents and Injuries
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), roughly three million workers throughout the United States suffer work-related accidents each year. On-the-job injuries impacting those working in industrial trades are among the most common, affecting those who work in factories, warehouses, and manufacturing plants. Common causes often include:
- Slips, trips, and falls;
- Overuse and overexertion;
- Being struck by falling objects or debris;
- Getting stuck in or between heavy tools and machinery;
- Transportation accidents involving forklifts, trucks. and other types of vehicles or equipment;
- Violence on the job, at the hands of coworkers, clients, and other employees.
In addition to the above, injuries can occur due to exposure to toxic chemicals or as the result of explosions and electrocutions. In some cases, industrial accidents are the result of sudden and unexpected mishaps beyond a worker or the plant manager's control. In others, these injuries occur as the result of employers who fail to follow proper safety standards and regulations, putting their employees' lives and health at risk.
Work Accidents Impacting Industrial Workers In Missouri
Locally, the Missouri Department of Labor (DOL) reports that more than 52,000 on-the-job accidents occur in our state each year. Of these, over half are serious enough as to require significant time away from work and the need for extensive medical care. These accidents and injuries are in keeping with the national average and the same as in BLS reports, it is industrial workers in factories and warehouses who are more at risk. At The Law Firm of Webster & Carlton, we provide the aggressive legal representation you need in these types of cases. Through the Missouri Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC), benefits you may be entitled to include the following:
- Coverage for any medical care, diagnostic testing, and treatment required;
- Reimbursement for lost wages;
- Temporary or permanent disability benefits, in the event your injuries impact your ability to work or perform certain tasks on the job site;
- Survivor benefits, in the event work-related injuries end up proving fatal.
Contact Us Today for Help
When on-the-job accidents and injuries threaten your health and financial security, our Missouri workers' compensation attorneys are here to help you get the benefits you need to recover.
Reach out and contact The Law Firm of Webster & Carlton and request a consultation to discuss your case in our Springfield or Joplin office today.
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.
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