Disability Claims (Partial and Total) Lawyer St. Louis
Dixon’s St. Louis lawyers specialize in partial and total disability claims.
If you have been injured at work, you are probably entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. This should pay for your lost wages and any medical care you may need. If you are permanently disabled and unable to return to work, then you should receive a payment intended to compensate you for your lost future earnings.
Dixon Injury Firm provides a wide range of legal services. This includes personal injury, workers compensation, product liability, and other claims. Our St. Louis partial and total disability claims lawyers bring quality legal counsel to clients and their families. Please contact us for additional information and a free consultation from our disability claims attorneys.
Partial disability claims are actually pretty grotesque when you think about it. Missouri Statutes Section 287.190 provides that anyone suffering permanent partial disability will be paid about two thirds of their weekly wage multiplied by a certain number that is given for each body part. So for example, the loss of a hand is worth 175 weeks for your salary. The loss of the tip of your pinky finger would be worth 16 weeks of your salary, while the tip of your thumb is worth 45 weeks.
The state provides a whole chart of how much each body part is worth. For the extremities, it is a sliding scale of basically each body part being worth more or less based on its size and how important it is. The loss of sight in one eye is worth 140 weeks, and loss of hearing in one ear is 49 weeks and both ears is 180 weeks. It is maybe worth noting that some states compensate for the loss of a testicle, but that does not make it on the schedule in Missouri. Disfigurement to the head, neck, hands, or arms can also be compensated even if it is not a functional impairment, but the maximum is 40 weeks.
For injuries that are not on the schedule, the compensation is supposed to be set in proportion to the amount of loss, up to 400 weeks. This can include debilitating diseases like respiratory problems or back injuries. The system struggles to handle these types of claims fairly, because these injuries can be hard to prove and yet so damaging to a person.
Under Missouri Statutes Section 287.200, an employee that is deemed to have suffered a permanent total disability is to receive the weekly compensation calculation (about 2/3rds of salary) for the rest of his or her life. Total disability is defined as being unable to return to any employment and not just the return to the previous job. This makes permanent disability very hard to get, even though it may seem unfair for a worker to be forced to return to a lesser-paying job just because he or she was injured at work. Sometimes a lawyer can help negotiate the circumstances of returning to work.
Workers can also make disability claims, partial or total, that are temporary. Missouri Statutes Section 287.149 provides that while the worker is getting rehabilitation for a disability he or she must be compensated. The employee must continue the rehabilitation process, though. If he or she refuses, then the benefits can be reduced. Once the worker returns to a job, these temporary benefits go away.
St. Louis Disability Claims Attorneys
When you open a partial or total disability claims case in St. Louis, it’s important to secure legal counsel with experience. Dixon Injury Firm’s personal injury and workers comp lawyers ensure clients have the resources they need to win a case. Here are a couple questions to ask St. Louis partial and total disability claims attorneys:
How much does legal services cost clients? This varies on the disability claim and various factors. We utilize a contingency system, meaning our services are free.
How much would I win? Again, this also depends on the case. Dixon’s St. Louis disability claims lawyers try to win clients medical expenses, personal hardship, and other compensation.
What’s next? The first step is to contact us for more information and consultation from our partial and total disability claims lawyers.
Disability Claims Lawyer St. Louis
Because disability claims, partial and total, can be so expensive, employers and their insurance companies will often do all they can to fight them off. Subtle differences in how a case is judged can make a huge difference. For example, a mangled arm that still works a little bit could be on the edge between a permanent disability warranting a huge payout or it could be deemed a temporary disability that only warrants vocational rehabilitation. If you think you have been disabled by an incident at work, call us today for a no obligation, free consultation at (314) 409-7080.
More About Disability Claims Attorneys in St. Louis, MO
Christopher R. Dixon and the Dixon Injury Firm focus on partial and total disability claims and other personal and workplace accidents. Recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Association as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer, Chris understands how difficult these cases are for victims. To help lower financial stress, Dixon’s trial lawyers make it easier by providing a contingency payment system. This enables you to pay only if damages are awarded. Dixon Injury Firm’s legal counsel is free until then.