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Invisible Work Injuries

Invisible Work Injuries Lawyers in Springfield 

While Not Always Readily Apparent, Invisible Work Injuries Can Result in Lasting Disabilities

When an employee suffers an on-the-job accident that leaves them burned or with broken bones and fractures, their injuries are obvious and elicit sympathy and support from others. Unfortunately, other types of work-related injuries and illnesses injuries are less noticeable, and those suffering from them can easily end up being denied the benefits they need to recover. Invisible injuries involve physical and emotional conditions, as well as pre-existing conditions. While they may not be immediately apparent to your employer, they may still entitle you to workers' compensation benefits in Missouri.

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Common Types of Invisible Injuries

While certain types of injuries and chronic conditions are not visible to others, they can end up causing you severe pain, weakness, and limited function that impacts your ability to work or perform certain tasks as part of your job. When these injuries or conditions occur as the result of on-the-job accidents and exposure to dangerous worksite conditions, you may be entitled to benefits through the Missouri Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC). This program acts as a form of insurance for employees, providing medical care and compensation in the event you are unable to work on either a temporary or permanent basis. In order to be eligible, you must report any job-related accidents, injuries, or symptoms of other conditions to your employer immediately and seek medical care as soon as possible. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), close to three million employees suffer work-related injuries and illnesses each year. In terms of invisible work injuries, they are likely to fall under one of three categories:

1. Invisible Physical Injuries These include soft tissue injuries, such as muscle or tendon strains, sprains, and tears, which the BLS reports account for nearly 30 percent of all on-the-job injuries. These often occur due to overuse, strain, repetitive motions, and poorly designed workplaces. These often affect the back, neck, shoulders, knees, and other joints and can result in chronic pain, weakness, and permanent disabilities.

2. Mental and Cognitive Impairments Head injuries are an example of a physical injury that can cause serious emotional and cognitive impairments which impact every area of your life. They can occur as the result of any sudden bump, blow, or jolt to the head, and may affect your mood, memory, vision, and comprehension skills. Traumatic events, such as being subjected to abuse, discrimination or violence in the workplace, can also have significant impacts which prevent you from functioning properly on the job.

3. Pre-Existing Conditions Pre-existing conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and even previous injuries, can be aggravated and worsened by conditions on the jobsite. As a result, your health could deteriorate more quickly than it otherwise would, resulting in permanent disabilities and even death.

Our Missouri Workers' Compensation Attorneys Are Here to Help

If you suffer an invisible injury or other condition that impairs your ability to work, help is available. Call (417) 545-3775 or contact The Law Firm of Webster & Carlton online and request a consultation in our Springfield or Joplin office to speak with our Missouri workers' compensation attorney about your case.

Seasoned Advocacy, Proven Results
At The Law Firm of Webster & Carlton, we provide reliable workers’ compensation assistance with an accessible small-town feel. With nearly 50 years of combined legal experience, our knowledgeable, no-nonsense Missouri workers’ compensation law firm is prepared to help you find relief from your financial burdens after a workplace accident. Every client is important to us. Our staff is committed to working tirelessly on your behalf to get you the compensation you are owed.

Stay In The Know

  • 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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In the event of a workplace injury, securing compensation for lost wages, medical bills, rehabilitation, and related expenses requires the expertise of a seasoned workers' compensation attorney.

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