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Workers' Compensation FAQ

When you are looking to apply for workers' compensation, you may have a lot of questions about your future, what to expect, and how to go about applying for a benefit claim. With the assistance of our legal team, we can guide you toward the best possible outcome for you and your family. Our firm has years of experience in aiding our clients to achieve favorable settlements and outcomes and can help you fight your denied claims.

When you have been injured on the job, most employers' insurance companies will offer only low settlements and dictate how long you can be out of work before you need to return back to your job. You should never feel forced to settle for less than the best treatment and evaluation of your circumstances.

At Meyerkord & Meyerkord, we aim to provide you with efficient resolutions, reliable solutions, and answers to any questions you may have regarding your particular situation.

Whether you are looking for information on occupational diseases or what death benefits you may be able to receive after the loss of a loved one, our team can help. Contact our firm today to speak with an understanding workers' compensation lawyer. Read answers to frequently asked questions to learn more about how we can be of service:

What Are Occupational Diseases?

Have you been injured on the job? Was the injury sustained over a long period of time, such as due to a repetitive motion task related to your work? If so, you may be experiencing an occupational disease. Occupational diseases are any long-term health complication that arises because of exposure to harsh working conditions, toxic chemicals, or constant contact with harmful substances.

These afflictions can have life-threatening complications, including cancer, lung diseases, and skin diseases. If your working environment caused serious occupational hazards such as the risk for occupational disease, then you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits.

Skin and lung diseases are some of the most common occupational diseases for workers to experience. Workers exposed to sunlight, chemicals, and wet skin for long periods of time can develop skin diseases such as melanoma, skin cancer, severe sunburns and rashes, chemical burns, and eczema.

Lung diseases such as asbestosis, black lung, and occupational asthma may arise from the inhalation of chemicals, poor air quality, and exercise-induced asthma. Other serious concerns for workers include carpal tunnel from repetitive movements of the fingers or wrists, vision complications, and foot problems from hours of standing.

Working with an Attorney

Do you feel that you have an occupational disease? Is your work environment not conducive to healthy and safe working conditions? You may be entitled to receive compensation. If you are suffering from a long-term health issue because of your service to your profession, then you may be able to receive financial help for your medical bills, loss of wages, and stress that was caused to you by your job.

With the guidance of Meyerkord & Meyerkord's trusted and understanding attorneys, you may be able to file a workers' compensation claim, appeal a denied benefit, and receive the compensation that you deserve. Contact our firm today to speak with a lawyer.

What Are Workers' Compensation Death Benefits?

Are you grieving the loss of a loved one? Was their death caused by a work-related injury? If so, surviving family members may be entitled to receive benefits. Even if the death was not related to your relative's job, you still may be able to receive benefits that they had accrued during their time at the company. Dealing with a death is never easy, but if you have questions or concerns regarding the deceased's death benefits, contact Meyerkord & Meyerkord today.

Non-Work-Related Injury Death

As a beneficiary, you may be entitled to receive the benefits that the deceased accrued during their employment. These benefits are generally provided as a lump sum, but in some situations may be paid in weekly benefits packages to the family. These situations can be sensitive, and some employers will provide only low amounts of benefits to the deceased's family. If you feel that you are being low-balled or facing complications from the employer, then it is important that you work with an attorney.

Work-Related Injury Death

These deaths can be especially difficult because they are almost always preventable. On top of regular benefits received from the employer, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim. If the death was caused by a work-related accident, the beneficiaries of the deceased victim will receive at least two-thirds of the average weekly pay, and the employer will pay for funeral expenses up to $5,000.

Under Missouri law, you only have 30 days after the death to notify the Division of Workers' Compensation and apply for benefits. With such a limited amount of time, it is important that you contact Meyerkord & Meyerkord as soon as possible.

Assisting Your Family

With the help of our dedicated team, you and your family may be able to receive the compensation that you deserve. Dealing with a death is never easy, but it can be bearable to know that everything is being done to bring the wrongful party to justice and to receive the benefits that you so greatly need to help cope during this time - and that your loved one worked so hard to earn during their lifetime.

Our legal team has years of experience in handling workers' compensation cases and procuring favorable settlements and verdicts for our clients. Do not hesitate to contact our firm after a death.

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