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Understanding your rights: Missouri workers' compensation law & mental injuries

Most Missouri workers' compensation claims stem from workplace accidents that cause physical injuries, or from occupational diseases caused by workplace conditions. However, there is another kind ...
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Medical treatment & workplace injuries: Common issues facing Missouri employees

Although the Missouri workers' compensation program was designed to provide automatic benefits to injured workers, such is often not the case. In theory, medical bills, weekly temporary disability ...
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OSHA's "high heat provision" designed to protect Missouri workers from heat-related illnesses and fatalities

This week, Missourians are enjoying a brief respite from traditional July temperatures, but forecasts indicate that the summer heat will be back before we know it. Did you know that an average of ...
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Filing a Missouri workers' comp claim: What injured employees need to know

As personal injury lawyers, we know that the Missouri workers' compensation system can be confusing and intimidating for injured employees and their loved ones. In this post, we address a few ...
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Missouri Supreme Court decision extends legal protections for injured workers

This week, the Missouri Supreme Court overturned 30 years of precedent in a ruling that strengthens legal protection for workers who are fired after suffering on-the-job injuries. It has always been ...
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Missouri employees are entitled to safe workplace conditions

As workers' compensation lawyers, we know that Missouri employees sometimes suffer injuries because their employers have failed to provide a safe working environment. Under the Occupational Safety and ...
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OSHA cites Missouri company for serious safety violations following fatal workplace accident

Businesses have a legal obligation to provide a safe working environment for their employees. When workplace conditions cause workers to suffer serious injuries while in the course of their duties, ...
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Businesses use "ghost policies" to escape workers' compensation costs, leaving workers at risk

Missouri workers' compensation law exists to protect and support employees who are injured in the course of their employment. However, when businesses don't hold up their end of the bargain, innocent ...
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Missouri temporary workers are entitled to safety and health protection from employers

A temporary worker is an employee who is hired to fill a specific position for a limited amount of time. Also known as "temps," "contract workers," and "seasonal employees," temporary workers are ...
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Workers' compensation & employer fraud: What Missouri employees need to know

Workers' compensation fraud in employers is a prevalent problem throughout the United States. Recently, the North Carolina Workers' Compensation Journal released its list of the Top 10 Fraud Cases in ...
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OSHA Programs aim to reduce work injuries in Missouri and elsewhere

In 2010, over three million American workers were injured and 4,690 were killed on the job, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As workers' compensation lawyers, we know these incidents can be ...
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Nail salons and chemical overexposure: The risks facing Missouri workers

The summer months bring increased business to beauty salons across the United States. Summertime reigns as the busiest season for nail technicians in the U.S., with more than 375,000 people working in ...
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Summer Jobs, Young Employees & Workplace Injuries: The Basic Facts

During the summer months, it's common for Missouri high school and college students to take on summer jobs, hoping to earn a little extra cash. While it might not seem like the average summer job ...
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OSHA Extends Directive Working to Prevent Residential Construction Falls

Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OHSA) decided to extend temporary enforcement measures connected to its residential fall protection directive. The ...
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Green Jobs & OSHA Safety Standards: What Employees Should Know

In today's world, many businesses and private citizens are "going green," in an attempt to help preserve our planet. They're recycling, driving more environmentally friendly vehicles and watching ...
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Springfield, Missouri Construction Accidents Can Involve a Third Party Claim In Addition to a Workers' Comp Claim

Springfield, Missouri workers' compensation lawyers believe that construction injury claims can be very different than other types of injury claims. It is not news to anyone that the construction ...
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Misclassification of Employees a Growing Problem in Missouri and Nationwide: Can These Workers Collect Workers' Compensation?

Springfield, Missouri workers' compensation lawyers recently noticed an article in Bloomberg Business Week about misclassified workers in Connecticut. According to the report, labor officials issued ...
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Labor Commission Decision Finds Immigration Status Irrelevant for Missouri Workers' Compensation Purposes

Vega-Rivera v. Hyatt In Maribel Vega-Rivera v. Hyatt, Injury No. 08-103142 (Mo. Labor & Indus. Rel. Comm. 2011), the Missouri Labor Commission affirmed an Administrative Law Judge's Award of workers' ...
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OSHA Gives New Recommendations for Working in Missouri's Heat Wave

The heat-wave of 2011 has left several dead and has put many workers in the hospital with heat related illnesses. Missouri workers compensation lawyers want to remind you of the dangers of heat ...
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Missouri Workers Comp Lawyers Discuss the Question--Can I Sue If I Have Been Fired for Reporting an Injury?

Missouri Workers' Compensation lawyers were recently asked about whether or not an employee has the right to sue his employer--if the employee is fired for reporting a work related injury. We took a ...
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Are You Compensated for an Injury if You Work at Home Under Missouri's Workers' Comp Laws?

Nowadays Missouri Workers' Compensation Lawyers are seeing more and more cases of injuries to an employee who works out of their home, as this type of arrangement is becoming more and more popular. ...
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Protecting your Rights in the Wake of a Missouri Work Accident

Our workers' compensation lawyers in Columbia have discussed many of the basics to filing a work injury claim in Missouri. As we launch our Missouri Workers' Compensation Lawyer Blog, it's ...
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State and Federal Law Prevents Retaliation Against Employees Reporting Missouri Work Accidents

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration has taken action against Union Pacific Railroad in a case of alleged retaliation for reporting a work accident in Missouri. OSHA has ordered the ...
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