Employer Negligence Lawyer St. Louis
Our St. Louis employer negligence attorneys protect workers’ rights.
Most workers know that if they are injured on the job they can seek payment from their company’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier. Injured workers will often call up our office raving about how negligent their employer has been, but that generally is not going to be a factor in the case. The law in Missouri has limits on what an employer can be liable for.
Dixon provides a broad range of legal services. This includes personal injury, workers compensation, product liability, and other claims. Our St. Louis employer negligence lawyers bring proven legal counsel to clients and their families. Please contact us for more information and a free consultation from our employer negligence attorneys.
St. Louis Employer NegligenceLawyers
When you open an employer negligence claim in St. Louis, it’s crucial to find legal counsel with experience. Dixon Injury Firm’s personal injury and workers comp attorney ensure clients have the resources they need to win a settlement. Here are a few questions to ask St. Louis employer negligence lawyers:
How much does legal representation cost me? This depends on the employer negligence claim and other factors. We utilize a contingency system, meaning our services are free.
How much could I win? Again, this also depends on the trial. Dixon Injury Firm’s St. Louis employer negligence lawyers fight to win clients medical expenses, personal hardship, and other compensation.
What do I do now? The first step is to contact us for more info and consultation from our employer negligence lawyers.
Fault Generally Does Not Matter
Workers’ compensation is built on a bargain that was crafted in the early industrial era and can actually trace its roots back thousands of years. Employers agreed that they would pay their employees for virtually any injury they suffer while on the job. Employees would be paid for any medical care they need, and their lost wages would be made up for as well. If a more serious injury occurs, then the damages paid would be based on a formula. It would not matter whose fault the injury was, employees would just get a formula-set amount of compensation for, say, losing a finger in an industrial accident.
In exchange, workers gave up their right to sue for negligence. That is important, because workers compensation guidelines can be very low. For example, ProPublica estimates that the average worker that loses a leg in Missouri will be paid $102,679. In contrast, if a truck driver negligently crushed a pedestrian’s leg on the street the verdict could easily reach into seven figures as juries attempt to compensate for intangible factors like pain and suffering. In fact, Missouri’s workers’ compensation law can actually use an employee’s negligence to take away compensation, even though similar rules do not exist for employers. Missouri Statutes Section 287.120 says that benefits can be reduced by 25% to 50% if the employee had actual knowledge of the safety rule and failed to follow the rule.
Third Parties Can Still be Sued for Negligence
Employers in Missouri do have a duty to provide a safe workplace, but negligence actions against employers are very hard to pursue. Workers’ compensation does nothing to restrict lawsuits against third parties by someone injured on the job, though. For example, if a fast-food worker gets shot by a robber, that injured worker could sue the robber despite having limited claims related to employer negligence. Missouri has also gone through many changes related to suing a coworker for negligence.
The courts and the legislature have at times tried to limit lawsuits against coworkers, but in an early 2017 case a Missouri appellate court seemed to approve such suits. The case involved a worker at a Mexican restaurant who failed to secure a ladder for a coworker that was coming down from a storage area. The worker fell off the ladder and seriously injured her hand, elbow, and shoulder and the court said her case should be considered.
The Dixon Injury Firm Can Guide You
Chris Dixon is one of the leading personal injury lawyers in the St. Louis, Missouri area, and he has seen many cases of employer negligence. Employers that disregard safety should have to pay for the damage they cause, and Mr. Dixon is more than willing to evaluate your case to see if an employer negligence action is possible. If not, workers’ compensation may be the best avenue for recovery and Mr. Dixon is an expert in that area as well.
More About Employer Negligence Lawyers in St. Louis, MO
Christopher R. Dixon and the Dixon Injury Firm excel at these cases and other personal and workplace accidents. Recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Association as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer, Chris understands how difficult these types of cases are for clients. To help lower financial stress, Dixon Injury Firm make it easier by providing a contingency payment plan. This enables you to pay fees only if damages are awarded. Dixon Injury Firm’s legal counsel is free until then.
Our free case evaluations come with no obligation. Just call us at (314) 409-7060 as soon as possible after your injury. Avoid talking to too many other people about the situation before you have a lawyer. Statements you make can be used against you later, especially if you make statements to your employer or their insurance carrier. Accidents must be reported to your employer, but you should not be pressured to making extensive statements before you get legal advice.