If you were hurt on the job, workers’ compensation insurance can help get you the medical treatment you need for your injuries.
To get these benefits, you must complete and submit specific Missouri workers’ compensation forms.
These forms, some of which are lengthy, can be confusing and potentially overwhelming.
Unfortunately, every Missouri workers’ comp form is necessary for processing your claim.
If you need help with any aspect of your claim, contact the Missouri workers’ compensation attorneys of the Cottrell Law Office.
We have the extensive knowledge and experience you need on your side.
Under the law, you are entitled to receive compensation for any injuries you suffered while performing any job-related activity.
We will fight tirelessly to get you the benefits you are entitled to.
Missouri Division of Workers Compensation Forms
Workers’ comp claims are administered by the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DLIR).
The DLIR website contains all the state-specific workers’ comp forms for injured workers in Missouri.
You have 30 days to report a workplace injury accident. However, you have two years to file a formal claim.
In most cases, this coverage will pay for approved medical treatment and a portion of your lost wages.
The amount of income reimbursement coverage you qualify for depends on how long your injuries will prevent you from working.
You won’t be able to collect any compensation, however, unless you and your employer complete and submit the correct forms.
What to Do After a Workplace Injury
Taking the correct steps after suffering a workplace injury accident can help ensure your claim goes smoothly.
Several key steps in the process involve either you or your employer submitting specific Missouri workers’ compensation forms.
1. Submit a Written Report to Your Employer
Immediately after any workplace injury accident, report the accident to your employer in writing.
If the employer does not require a specific form, you can use DLIR’s form for reporting a Missouri workplace injury to the employer.
Although you have 30 days to report an accident to your employer, it’s best to submit your notification as quickly as possible.
Follow instructions from your employer carefully to avoid doing anything that could potentially jeopardize your claim’s approval.
NOTE: Do not confuse the employee’s report to their employer with the form known as the Missouri First Report of Injury (FROI). This is a form your employer must submit to DLIR and their workers’ comp insurer within 10 days of being notified of a job site injury (or within 24 hours of a workplace fatality).
2. Seek Medical Treatment
Visit the doctor or medical treatment provider your employer instructs you to see. Complete any forms or documents requested.
Follow all treatment plans and keep all medical appointments to avoid any disruption in your benefits.
3. Submit a Formal Accident Report
You must complete and submit a formal accident claim report to DLIR and the insurance company. DLIR requires the use of their Claim for Compensation form.
When completing the accident report for the insurance company, take care not to include any information that could jeopardize your claim.
The insurance company can use any information you provide as the basis for denying your claim.
4. Submit a Records Release Authorization Form
You will likely be asked to complete and submit the Authorization for Disclosure of Consumer Medical/Health Information form to your employer. Your employer will forward a copy of this form to the insurance company.
MO Workers’ Comp Forms for Your Employer
Many companies implement specific policies and procedures that employees must follow after a workplace accident.
Unless you comply with these requirements, your employer might threaten to penalize or punish you in some way. However, all employers must comply with Missouri worker’s comp laws and rules.
As your claim progresses, you may be asked to complete other Missouri workers’ compensation forms or forms specific to your employer or their insurance company.
If you have questions that your employer can’t answer to your satisfaction, or if you feel something might be amiss with what you’re asked to do, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced Missouri workers’ compensation claim attorney.
Contact a Missouri Workers’ Comp Lawyer Now for Help
You can pursue a workers’ compensation claim on your own if you prefer. However, in some cases, you might need a little extra help to get the compensation you deserve.
At the Cottrell Law Office, our Missouri workers’ compensation attorneys have extensive experience with complex workers’ comp claims.
We can also assist you if your employer engages in any illegal conduct. For example, if your employer encourages you not to file a claim or subjects you to any type of workers’ compensation retaliation, we can help.
Contact us immediately for a free consultation and case review. We are ready to get to work on your behalf and fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation or to speak to one of our personal injury lawyers for help with Missouri workers’ compensation forms.