WORKERS’ COMPENSATION AND PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY SERVING THE COLUMBIA AREA
At the Law Offices of Matt Uhrig, we take pride in assisting Missouri accident victims with a wide variety of cases, including those resulting from car accidents, slip and falls, medical malpractice, defective products, and workplace accidents. Columbia personal injury lawyer Matt Uhrig helps victims seek justice after being hurt by someone else’s carelessness or wrongful conduct. For many injured people, one of the most daunting aspects of asserting their rights is going up against a large corporation or insurance company. These companies have substantial resources and are often not interested in doing what is best for the victim. We have substantial experience negotiating with and litigating against insurance companies and large corporations, and we are ready to ensure that your rights are asserted at each step of the legal process.
SEEK COMPENSATION FOR A DEVASTATING ACCIDENT
If you are injured in a car crash or another accident, you can bring a negligence claim against the at-fault party, seeking compensation for your injuries. There are four elements that you must establish in order to receive compensation: duty, breach, causation, and damages. In general, we each owe one another a duty to behave with the same ordinary care and caution that a reasonable person would use when faced with similar circumstances. There may be variations to this standard of care in certain situations. For example, doctors are expected to meet a professional standard of care specific to practitioners in their specialty, and this standard usually requires expert testimony to establish.
Any conduct that falls short of the appropriate standard of care would be considered a breach. Some examples include running a red light or violating another traffic law, failing to clean debris from the floor of a grocery store, failing to promptly diagnose a patient, or releasing a product into the stream of commerce that deviates from its intended specifications in a dangerous way.
Also, the plaintiff must show that his or her injuries were the direct result of the defendant’s lack of due care. If the defendant can show that the plaintiff also acted negligently at the time of the accident, the jury will be allowed to assign a percentage of fault to the plaintiff. Any compensation awarded to the plaintiff will then be reduced by that percentage. Common forms of compensation include hospital bills, past and future medical treatment, property damage, rehabilitation and prescription expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.
GUIDANCE IN PURSUING WORKERS’ COMPENSATION BENEFITS
The workers’ compensation system is designed to ensure that employees who are injured or get sick while on the job receive the compensation and support that they need to cope with their conditions. In exchange for this provision of benefits, an injured worker is barred from filing a civil claim against the employer seeking damages for his or her harm, except in a few limited situations. To recover benefits, the injured worker must file a claim with the employer’s insurance carrier. In Missouri, a business that employs five or more workers is required to carry a workers’ compensation insurance policy. After the claim is filed, the insurer will assign a doctor to conduct a medical examination of the injured worker. During this appointment, the doctor will determine whether the injuries are temporary or permanent, and whether they are partial or total. The amount and duration of benefits that the injured worker receives will be based on these factors. Therefore, it is critical to document your injuries thoroughly.
CONSULT A COLUMBIA LAWYER FOR A PERSONAL INJURY OR WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CLAIM
If you have been involved in an accident, you should vigorously assert your right to compensation. At the Law Offices of Matt Uhrig, we understand how difficult this time may be for your loved ones and you. Columbia personal injury attorney Matt Uhrig provides potential clients with a free consultation to help them learn about the legal options that may be available to them. He also serves victims in Ashland, Jefferson City, and other areas of Missouri. Call us at (573) 657-2050 or contact us online to set up a free consultation with a personal injury or workers’ compensation attorney.