An explosion Saturday afternoon has injured two workers in St. Louis. The incident occurred at a pallet company at approximately 12 p.m. Authorities believe that natural gas was built up in a room that was used for warm sterilization of the pallets and when the workers walked into the room, the explosion happened. The workers sustained injuries that were not burns and were transported in stable condition to the hospital.
Companies that employ five or more workers, and most construction companies, are required to carry workers' compensation insurance in the state of Missouri. The insurance is beneficial considering it is a no-fault insurance meaning the accident is covered as long as the employee did not purposely cause the accident. The benefits of workers' compensation insurance include providing compensation for medical treatment and wages lost while off work. Unfortunately, the lost wages benefits are provided at a rate of 66.6% of the workers' average weekly wage. The deficit of the wages typically leaves workers' struggling financially making it important to contact a workers' compensation attorney. An attorney can file a case to seek compensation to recover the difference in lost wages.
The personal injury attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth are experienced with workplace accident cases, and can help you or someone you know who has been injured or killed in a work-related accident. Our personal injury attorneys are licensed in Missouri and Illinois. We have logged thousands of hours on the phone with insurance companies and recovered millions of dollars for medical bills, pain and suffering, and property damage. We have over 100 years of combined experience. Please contact us at (314) 300-3000 or (800) 391-4318 for a no-obligation assessment of your workers' compensation accident.