Springfield Workplace Injury Attorney Helps Victims of Job-Related Accidents
Missouri legal advocate seeks fair compensation for employees harmed at work
Some jobs are inherently dangerous and accidents even occur at workplaces where no special risk exists. If you are injured on the job in Missouri, you can count on seasoned personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney Ronald Coticchio of RJC Law in Springfield to handle your case effectively. Whether you were hurt on a construction site, in a vehicle accident, at the office or somewhere else, my firm will seek the payment you deserve.
Common types of work-related injuries
Work accidents and hazardous workplace conditions can cause such injuries as:
- Concussions and other brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Loss of limbs and fingers
- Other hand injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendinitis
- Bone fractures
- Muscular strains and sprains
- Exposure to toxic substances, such as asbestos and poisons
- Respiratory ailments
These injuries are most likely to be the result of:
- Slips and falls
- Being hit or caught in moving machinery
- Vehicular and other transportation accidents
- Construction accidents
- Fires and explosions
- Repetitive movements
- Toxic substances in the work environment
Regardless of the type of injury you suffer, you can count on my firm to provide the determined representation you need.
Your employer’s obligations
Your employer has obligations under both state and federal law intended to protect you from harm and to ensure you are treated and compensated appropriately following a job-related injury. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) imposes a large number of safety regulations designed to protect workers. Other federal and state agencies may also positively impact the safety of your work environment. Your employer is required to obey these regulations and may be fined for failing to do so. In addition, any employer with five or more employees and virtually all construction companies with at least one employee are required either to have workers’ compensation insurance or to be self-insured. This insurance is then used to reimburse injured employees for their medical and rehabilitation costs and for two-thirds of their wages, up to a maximum of $1,082.22 per week. This limit lasts through June 30, 2022 and increases after that. If your employer fails to provide any of the workers’ compensation benefits to which you are entitled, I am ready to fight for your rights.
What should you do if you are injured at work?
When you are injured at work, you should seek medical treatment as soon as you reasonably can. Whether or not you do, however, you must report the accident that caused your injury to your employer within 30 days after it occurs, providing as much detail as you can, if you want to qualify for workers’ compensation. You should also seek the help of an attorney who is experienced in both workers’ compensation and personal injury claims. Even though you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, it doesn’t pay for all of the income you lost, or provide any compensation for your pain and suffering. Other parties might have contributed to your injury, such as the manufacturer, designer or seller of a defective product or a driver unaffiliated with the company. If we represent you, we will identify all potentially liable parties and seek appropriate payment from them as well.
Call an experienced Missouri workplace injury attorney today
RJC Law represents employees injured by workplace accidents in Greene County and elsewhere in Missouri. For a free consultation about your claim, call 417-233-0073 or contact me online. My office is located in Springfield.