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Missouri & Illinois Workers Compensation


If you have been injured at the workplace:

DoDO notify your employer IMMEDIATELY.

Don'tDON'T wait to see if the condition worsens.

DoDO ask for medical attention. This will document the date and nature of the injury.

Don'tDON'T send the bills related to your work injury to your private health insurance company. Your private health insurance covers injuries other than those related to work. If you are hurt at work, the bills need to be paid from the workers’ compensation company, not your private health insurance. 

DoDO show up on time for all doctor appointments. 

Don'tDON'T change doctors without receiving the “OK” from your employer or the insurance company. Medical care that you obtain which is not authorized (your employer did not set up the appointment and agree to pay) will be at your expense. 

DoDO return to work when the doctor releases you for work. If he releases you for light duty, comply with the his restrictions. 

Don'tDON'T perform your job if the job requires you to do more than the doctor’s restrictions. Notify your employer that what is required is beyond your doctor’s restrictions. Always give your employer the slip from the physician. 

DoDO follow all safety rules at the workplace. Your failure to follow safety controls, requirements, and policies may affect your benefits. 

Don'tDON'T delay in filing a claim for compensation. There are strict timelines for filing the claim with the State of Missouri/Division of Workers’ Compensation. If your claim is not filed in time, you may lose benefits. Remember, reporting the injury is NOT the same thing as filing a claim for workers’ compensation.

DoDO get in touch with Ms. Ryterski if you have questions and need legal representation.

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