Springfield Leg, Knee and Ankle Injury Lawyers
Talented Missouri Workers Compensation Lawyers
On-the-job accidents and regular job tasks, such as standing for long periods or climbing and stretching, can cause serious leg, knee, and ankle injuries. These injuries can cause chronic discomfort and pain, and may leave you with ongoing disabilities. At The Law Firm of Webster & Carlton, our Missouri workers' compensation attorneys understand the impacts this can have on your ability to work and provide for yourself and your family. With more than 45 years combined experience, we help workers in Springfield, Joplin, and the surrounding areas get the benefits they are entitled to when these injuries occur.
Legal Representation for Job-Related Leg, Knee and Ankle Injuries
The legs are comprised of a series of bones, blood vessels, and soft tissues, all of which work together. MedlinePlus advises that injuries or overuse in any area can impact your ability to walk, stand, or make other movements, and can affect the entire leg or specific locations in the knees or ankles. When leg, knee, or ankle problems occur as the result of your job, you may be entitled to workers compensation benefits. At The Law Firm of Webster & Carlton, we represent clients who have suffered the following:
- Bone fractures and dislocated joints;
- Muscle, tendon, or ligament sprains, strains, and tears;
- Worn cartilage in the areas between joints and muscles;
- Bursitis, tendonitis, and other types of inflammatory issues.
These injuries often occur as the result of sudden trauma, such as from a slip and fall or being struck by or against an object. They can also occur due to overuse and strain, or from repetitive use that occurs over the course of years.
Get the Workers' Compensation Benefits You Deserve
When leg, knee, and ankle injuries occur on the job, you may be eligible for benefits through the Missouri Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC). At The Law Firm of Webster & Carlton, our experienced Missouri workers' compensation attorneys can advise you on your rights to the following:
- Medical benefits, which cover follow up visits, diagnostic testing, treatment, medication, and physical rehabilitation;
- Reimbursement for lost earnings while you recover;
- Payments for temporary disabilities you suffer as the result of your injury;
- Permanent disability benefits, in the event your injuries prevent you from working or performing certain tasks on your job in the future.
Unfortunately, filing a claim through your employer and getting the benefits you are entitled to can prove challenging. Our Missouri workers' compensation attorneys work hard as strong legal advocates on your behalf to help you get the maximum amount you are entitled to.
Contact Us Today for Help
If you suffer leg, knee, or ankle injuries as the result of your job, reach out and contact The Law Firm of Webster & Carlton. We can arrange a consultation with our Missouri workers' compensation attorney in our Springfield or Joplin office, to discuss the options available in your case.
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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