Number of Injured Workers Drops Year Over Year in Missouri

Although you may not have seen it in your workplace, the reality is that workers in Columbia get injured while on the job every single day. From broken bones to ringing ears and everything in between, there are a lot of ways you could get hurt while just doing your job. Everyone is at risk, not just though in physically demanding jobs. Even people who work in offices can end up suffering from carpal tunnel or other injuries.

In an effort to help spread awareness about instances like this, the Missouri Department of Labor makes their statistics of workplace injuries publicly available. To some degree, the safety measures and education have paid off in 2023. There were a total of 90,036 Missouri workers who were injured, a noticeable decrease of the 91,808 injured works in 2022.

Still, that means there were over 90,000 people who were injured while working this year. For many of those people, their injuries will require weeks if not months of recover. Those who are injured while doing work could benefit from a workers’ compensation claim. This would be impossible to do without the hard work of a work comp lawyer.

How to File A Workers’ Compensation Claim

First and foremost, you need to be seen by a medical professional a diagnosed with an illness or injury. If an accident happens at work, make sure to see your doctor as soon as possible. Not only is it important for you to receive treatment, but your doctor will create a written record of your injuries that is necessary for later.

Next, you must report your injury to your employer. This needs to be done with 30 days of the injury or illness occurring. Your employer will ask you about the circumstances that lead to you being hurt. They’ll also ask you about your medical history and your ongoing treatment with your doctor.

It’s at this point that your employer’s work comp insurance company will get involved. They will help you negotiate how much in benefits you will be receiving. Although these people want to guarantee that you have a speedy recovery, you might find that they try to deny you benefits that you need. With the help of a workers’ compensation lawyer, you can make sure that all your medical expenses are properly covered.

Don’t Hesitate to Call the Law Office of Chris Miller

When you or a loved one are injured at work, it can feel painful and isolating. You may not be able to do the things you used to, even after your medical treatment. When it’s time to file your claim, you need a diligent and experienced lawyer on your side. If you’re looking for someone with several years of experienced and hundreds of thousands in benefits paid, call us at the Law Office of Chris Miller.