Can You Get Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Mental Health Issues?
When we imagine the kinds of accidents that lead to a workers’ compensation case, we often think of things like slipping on a slick floor or lifting an object that was too heavy. Physical injuries are certainly...
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Possible Mold Contamination in Columbia Fire Stations Highlight Importance of Workers’ Compensation
October might be the month for horror and Halloween, but no one wants to have to deal with the horror of dangerous pathogens in your workplace. Unfortunately for the firefighters in the Columbia Fire Department, they may...
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What To Do When Your Workers’ Compensation Claim is Denied
The road to receiving workers’ compensation can be rough and long, and if you fail to take the right steps, your work comp claim could very easily be denied. It could be because you failed to report...
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4 Common Causes of Workers’ Compensation Claim Denials
People get hurt in the workplace every day, in every industry. Workers’ compensation is meant to act as a safety net, so that you do not have to worry about lost wages and medical expenses after getting...
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The 3 Most Common Types of Workplace Injuries and What to Do When It Happens
Everyone knows someone who has strained their back lifting a heavy box or snagged by a letter opener at work. Workplace injuries happen nearly every day, and although many of them result with no incident, a large...
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Understanding the Workers’ Compensation Claims Process in Columbia
Regardless of what industry you work in or the nature of your accident, an injury in the workplace is always a serious matter. Last year alone, the state of Missouri experienced 91,724 workplace-related injury incidents. When an...
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Recent Cement Truck Fatality Underscores Need for Workers’ Compensation Representation
A recent cement truck accident on January 16 on Route Z, east of Columbia, MO, resulting in the death of the driver, serves as a reminder of the inherent dangers of working in this industry. In this...
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Dollar General Stores Continue to Face Investigations into Safety Violations
In what can only be described as a blatant disregard for workplace safety laws, Dollar General stores have been the subject of numerous Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigations dating back to 2017. This includes numerous...
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Amazon Workers: What to do if You’re Injured at an Amazon Warehouse
Warehouse employment is one of the more dangerous occupations in the United States. Most warehouse workers are aware of the potential risks associated with working in a fast-paced environment where they are constantly lifting and moving heavy...
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Study Links Marijuana Use to Decreased Workers’ Compensation Claims
As marijuana laws have become more relaxed across the United States, employers and workers alike have begun to reap the benefits of this newfound leniency – primarily as it relates to workers' compensation claims. A 2021 study...
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Can You Get a New or Different Job While Receiving Workers’ Compensation?
​​Suffering an injury on the job in Columbia and navigating the workers' compensation system can be difficult enough but figuring out whether you can or should return to work can be even more confusing. Columbia workers who...
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When Do I Know if My Employer Is Retaliating Against Me?
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), there has been a disturbing trend of employers retaliating against workers who assert their protected rights under the law. In fact, the EEOC reports that retaliation is the most...
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Family Sues on Behalf of Worker Killed in 2018 Tower Collapse
The family of Steve Lemay, a 56-year-old tower repairman from Blaine, Washington, is suing Missouri State University for wrongful death. Lemay was killed on April 19, 2018 when a 2,000-foot tall TV tower collapsed while under repair....
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Jefferson City Landscaper Dies at Construction Site: OSHA Levies Fines Against Company 
Jacob Schrimpf, 31, was killed while working on a construction site in Jefferson City in January of 2020. Schrimpf was a landscaper at Schrimpf Landscaping and was working the construction site for the Old St. Mary’s Hospital...
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How Do I File A Workers’ Compensation Claim In Missouri?
If you are injured at work, chances are that you will want to file a workers' compensation Claim for Compensation.  We've previously discussed the types of benefits that are available to you in all workplace injuries.  In order...
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What Workers’ Compensation Benefits are Available to Me?
If you are injured at work, there are three basic types of benefits that are available to you.  The fact that you are receiving one type of benefit does not preclude you from receiving the other two...
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Can My Employer Fire Me For Filing A Workers’ Compensation Claim?
Missouri law provides safeguards and protections to prevent employers from firing an employee merely because they have filed a workers' compensation claim.  Under Section 287.780, RSMo, "[n]o employer or agent shall discharge or discriminate against any employee for...
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Am I an Independent Contractor?
It happens like this:  a worker is going about their daily routine on the job.  Something goes wrong and he or she is hurt.  The worker then properly notifies the boss that he or she has been hurt on...
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How can I get workers’ compensation benefits?
A workplace injury is an all too common occurrence.  When you are injured at work there are very specific technical and legal requirements that you must follow to ensure that workers' compensation benefits are available to you....
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The Missouri legislature recently weakened employment protections. Here is what you need to know
During the 2017 Regular Session, the Missouri legislature passed SB 43 which will drastically undermine safeguards against discrimination in the workplace.  The bill, which was sponsored by a legislator who owns and operates businesses currently being sued for workplace discrimination,...
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