If you are injured on the job in Missouri, it's essential that you take certain actions as soon as possible following your injury. In this 4 part series, our workers' compensation attorneys will outline the best practices for an injured worker, from reporting your injury to making sure your claim is resolved. Following certain procedures in a timely fashion is one of the best ways to ensure your rights and benefits are protected.
How do I know if I'm eligible for workers' compensation benefits?
In Missouri, businesses are required to carry workers' compensation coverage when they employee 5 people or more. (NOTE: "Construction industry employers that erect, demolish, alter, or repair improvements" must carry work comp, even if they only have one employee.) Missouri workers' compensation law does not apply to railroad, postal or maritime workers, as these employees are covered by federal law.
Additionally, the Missouri Department of Labor outlines other kinds of employees who are not eligible for workers' compensation benefits:
• Farm labor employees
• Domestic servants in private households (both full time and part time)
• Direct sellers and real estate agents (as defined in Title 26 United States Code, Section 3508)
• Unpaid volunteers of a tax-exempt organization (as defined in the Internal Revenue Code, Section 501(c)3
• Adjudicators, referees, or contest workers for school activities, youth sports, etc.
• Certain inmates, patients, or residents of Missouri, or one of its counties or municipalities
If an employer has fewer than the required number of employees, or falls into one of the above categories, that employer can elect to carry workers' compensation coverage, but it is purely voluntary.