Springfield Ladder and Scaffolding Accidents
Representing clients in Joplin and across Missouri
When ladder and scaffolding accidents leave you suffering serious injuries, our Missouri workers' compensation attorneys help you get the benefits you need to recover. Anyone who works at heights or performs duties requiring him or her to regularly climb ladders faces increased risks for potentially serious slip and fall accidents. The injuries you suffer as the result can leave you with permanent disabilities, which can prevent you from working and supporting yourself and your family for years to come. At The Law Firm of Webster & Carlton, we provide the trusted, professional legal representation you need in these situations. As Missouri workers' compensation attorneys, we have more than 45 years combined experience in representing injured workers throughout the Springfield and Joplin areas. We can help ensure your claim is filed properly while negotiating with employers and their insurers on your behalf, so that you get the maximum amount of benefits to which you are entitled.
Representing You When Ladder or Scaffolding Accidents Occur
According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) slips and falls from heights are one of the leading causes of work related injuries. Whether you work in the construction field, in a manufacturing warehouse, or perform maintenance duties such as window washing that requires you to be several stories up in the air, having the proper ladders and scaffolding can prevent potentially serious injuries. In some cases, it may actually mean the difference between life and death. Old, rickety ladders, those that are too short for a particular task, and not having the proper ladder stabilizers in place can all increase your risk of a fall. When a fall occurs or a ladder fails, scaffolding helps to reduce the impacts you are likely to suffer. Injuries that can result from ladder and scaffolding accidents include the following:
- Broken bones and multiple fractures;
- Back and neck injuries, including damage to the discs and vertebrae;
- Soft tissue injuries, such as torn muscles or dislocated joints;
- Head injuries, including concussion and traumatic brain injury (TBI);
- Spinal cord injuries, which can result in partial or total paralysis.
When these types of on the job injuries do occur, our Missouri workers' compensation attorneys provide the aggressive legal representation you need to get the benefits that can help you recover.
We Help You Get Missouri Workers' Compensation Benefits
At The Law Firm of Webster & Carlton, we can assist you in filing a claim with the Missouri Division of Workers' Compensation for benefits that can help offset the damages and losses you suffer when ladder and scaffolding accidents occur. Administered through the Department of Labor, these benefits can provide for the following:
- Payment of your medical expenses;
- Reimbursement of lost wages;
- Compensation for temporary or permanent disabilities;
- Survivors benefits, in the event injuries prove fatal.
Do not risk jeopardizing your future health and financial security by having your claim denied or by not getting the maximum amount to which you are entitled.
Reach out and contact our Missouri workers' compensation attorneys to request a no-obligation consultation at 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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