St. Louis victims of occupational exposure can count on Dixon’s professional lawyers.
The law has often been slow to compensate workers that are exposed to disease or toxic chemicals at work. Missouri, like all other states and most of the world, has a no-fault insurance system intended to compensate workers for harm they suffer on the job. Most people have heard of this system of workers’ compensation insurance, but most people never have to deal with it. People that suffer the most debilitating diseases, like respiratory problems, often find the system least helpful.
Our firm provides a variety of legal services. This includes personal injury, workers compensation, product liability, and other claims. Our St. Louis occupational exposure attorneys bring grade-a legal counsel to clients and their families. Please contact us for more info and a free consultation from our occupational exposure lawyers.
St. Louis Occupational Exposure Lawyers
When you begin an occupational exposure claim in St. Louis, it’s important to secure legal counsel with experience. Dixon Injury Firm’s workers comp and liability attorney make sure clients have the resources they need to win a settlement. Here are a couple questions to ask St. Louis occupational exposure attorneys:
How much will legal counsel cost clients? This varies on the occupational exposure case and various factors. Dixon utilizes a contingency plan, which means our services are free.
How much could I win? Again, this also depends on the case. Dixon’s St. Louis occupational exposure lawyers fight to win clients medical expenses, personal hardship, and other compensation.
What’s next? The next step is to contact us for more info and consultation from our occupational exposure lawyers.
Exposure Can be Hard to Prove
The problem is that workers’ compensation was designed largely to compensate for sudden industrial accidents, like a worker that lost a leg in a piece of equipment. Those types of injuries come with a simple, formula-driven, disability payment. Workers that are permanently disabled generally get paid about two-thirds of their weekly salary multiplied by a number that is tied to the severity of the injury. The process is a bit disturbing actually, as the compensation levels are laid out on what looks like a butcher’s chart. Losing the tip of a finger is worth 30 weeks of compensation, losing the first knuckle is worth 35 weeks, and losing the whole finger is 45 weeks. Losing the hand is worth 175 weeks of compensation and the whole arm will garner 232 weeks of compensation.
But most occupational exposure injuries are less obvious than a missing finger. They are “non-scheduled” injuries and they require medical professionals to review the case and determine if the person is truly suffering from a disease that can be tied back to work. Slate published an excellent article not too long ago on how workers’ compensation across the country is systematically failing to pay. The article tells the story of a gentleman named Gary Cooper, who was exposed to chemicals at his job at a flooring factory. The chemicals rapidly changed the outgoing man into a nursing-home patient that struggled to speak. It took his wife nearly five years to get compensation, but the family is actually lucky it got anything at all.
The problem is largely inherent in these types of diseases. Many lung ailments, for example, can be caused by smoking, genetics, or age. It can be hard to say if a particular chemical at a particular job caused the problem. Another challenge is that workers’ compensation claims in Missouri must typically be filed within 30 days of the incident. In cases where a worker inhales small doses of toxic fumes every day at work over a series of years, workers’ compensation can struggle to do the right thing.
Missouri has tried to clarify this a little bit. In Statutes Section 287.063, the law says that the employer that is liable for workers’ compensation will be the most recent employer regardless of the length of time since the last exposure. This provision can be challenging to apply, but it is supposed to mean that an employer cannot try to blame an employee’s occupational exposure problems on his previous employer.
More About Occupational Exposure Lawyers in St. Louis
Christopher R. Dixon and the Dixon Injury Firm specialize in occupational exposure claims and additional personal and workplace accidents. Recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Association as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer, Chris knows how difficult these cases are for families. To help lower financial stress, Dixon Injury Firm make things easier by providing a contingency payment system. This enables you to pay fees only if the case is won. Dixon Injury Firm’s legal counsel is free until then.
Occupation Exposure Lawyer St. Louis
The Dixon Injury Law Firm is entirely devoted to securing compensation for individuals that have been injured. If you are suffering from what you think is an occupational exposure, we encourage you to contact us immediately for a consultation. You may not even be sure if you are sick or if work caused it. We can walk you through your options and help you determine if it makes sense to pursue a workers’ compensation claim. If you need help, just give us a call at (314) 409-7060 as soon as possible. It is free and there is no obligation.