When To Seek Legal Help in a Workers’ Compensation Case

Posted by on Oct 30, 2012 in Homepage Featured, Workers Compensation | Comments Off

When To Seek Legal Help in a Workers’ Compensation Case

The State of Missouri protects all injured workers. Missouri requires that any employer with five or more employees must carry insurance for workers’ compensation. In addition, construction employers must carry workers’ compensation insurance if they have at least one employee. By law, if an employer fails to carry workers’ comp insurance is guilty of a misdemeanor. An employer can face fines up to $50,000 and will be reported for fraud to the Division of Workers’ Compensation. Missouri...

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Commercial Trucking Accidents: Who is to Blame?

Posted by on May 28, 2012 in Lawsuits | Comments Off

Commercial Trucking Accidents: Who is to Blame?

Getting into a traffic accident is already an unpleasant situation. But if that accident happens to involve a commercial vehicle, then the severity and trauma can be worsened. A typical fully loaded large commercial truck can weigh 80,000 pounds or more, while the average vehicle weighs only 3,000 pounds. Due to this size disparity, and the basic laws of physics, any collision between a commercial truck and another vehicle is likely to result in serious, even fatal, injuries. Such a large-scale accident means...

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2005 Missouri Tort Reform Caps & the Effect on Personal Injury Cases

Posted by on Jul 18, 2011 in Personal Injury | Comments Off

2005 Missouri Tort Reform Caps & the Effect on Personal Injury Cases

As a result of 2005 Missouri legislative reforms, an issue developed regarding reinjury to a body part that was hurt in a previous workers’ compensation claim or other traumatic incident. Under the new law, work has to be the substantial factor in the injury. In addition, Missouri also put a cap on awards for non-economic damages. However, certain states which passed similar reforms have repealed such rulings. And it may just be a matter of time before the right case comes along to allow for another strong...

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Intercepted E-Mails Land Divorce Attorney in Hot Water

Posted by on May 15, 2011 in Legal Malpractice | 0 comments

Intercepted E-Mails Land Divorce Attorney in Hot Water

The attorney-client privilege is one of the most sacrosanct privileges in American jurisprudence.  Any communication between a client and his or her attorneys is absolutely privileged and the inadvertent disclosure of such a communication does not waive the privilege. If such a privileged communication is violated, this can be considered legal malpractice. Clayton divorce attorney Susan Hais and her firm have been ordered to pay a St. Louis County resident $25,000.00 for penalties for purposely using intercepted...

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Why Injured Workers Need an Attorney to Handle Workers’ Compenation Claims

Posted by on May 11, 2011 in Workers Compensation | 0 comments

Why Injured Workers Need an Attorney to Handle Workers’ Compenation Claims

In the past, workers have often tried to handle a workers’ compensation claim by themselves. Unfortunately, this is an ill-advised strategy and can result in a loss of medical benefits and the loss of a future disability payment. In Missouri, employers are allowed to deny workers’ compensation claims even though they may, in fact, be compensable. Changes enacted by the 2005 Republican legislature led to a restriction of benefits by severely restricting the definition of a compensable injury. Many injuries, such...

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