Missouri Legislators Changing State Workers’ Compensation Laws

by Keith | February 19th, 2013

February 19, 2013

The Missouri state government is currently in the process of overhauling the policies surrounding the ability of citizens to receive Missouri Workers’ Compensation benefits. A story released by the Insurance Journal Thursday explains senators are currently working to supply funding for special state funds, while also reworking policies that oversee the processing of benefit claims.

In 2005, lawmakers placed a cap on the amount of money employers were required to pay into special funds used to give benefits to disabled workers who suffer further on-the-job injuries. Now, the Second Injury Fund is nearly $25 million in the red. Lawmakers are attempting to build funding back up by temporarily doubling the fees employers pay into the fund and limiting the types of injuries covered by the money.

Lawmakers are also attempting to repair legislation that covers the exclusion of certain conditions from workers’ compensation coverage. Current law states that work-related illnesses, such as cancer from Asbestos exposure, are not “accidents” under legal definition of the word and, therefore, are not covered by the program. Lawmakers are changing this to ensure these workers are not only covered, but also receive special benefit programs.

The St. Louis Personal Injury Lawyers with CofmanTownsley Injury Lawyers understand how devastating a work-related injury can be and are hopeful these changes will better protect injured workers’ rights to compensation following an on-the-job accident that occurred at no fault of their own.

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Springfield Worker Seriously Injured In On-The-Job Accident

by Keith | November 29th, 2012

November 27, 2012

A worker at a Springfield, Missouri, FedEx facility was injured in an accident involving a tractor-trailer. According to Ozarks First, the incident occurred on Tuesday, November 6, around 1:30 a.m. at a warehouse located near the corner of Division and I-44.

Sgt. Steve Schwind with the Springfield Police Department said a tractor-trailer was backing up to a loading dock when the victim stepped between the truck and the dock. The driver of the truck failed to see the victim and backed into him, pinning him between the truck and a wall.

Rescue crews were immediately called to the scene where they were able to free the worker and take him to the hospital.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the transportation and warehousing industry is one of the most dangerous types of work, accounting for a total of 733 workplace fatalities in 2011 alone. The industry also reported an injury rate of 15 workers hurt per 100,000. Many of these accidents resulted in workers needing to file a St. Louis Workers’ Compensation claims to be reimbursed for lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering.

The insurance companies may not always have an injured person’s best interests at heart. That is why the St. Louis Personal Injury Lawyers with CofmanTownsley are here to answer your questions if you’ve been hurt on the job.

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Missouri Lawmakers Aim To Change Workers’ Compensation Laws

by Keith | February 28th, 2012

February 28, 2012

State lawmakers in Missouri approved a bill this past Thursday that could create significant changes in the rules that govern the state’s workers’ compensation program. According to reports from STL Today, the Missouri Legislature is under immense pressure to make the changes after the state’s attorney general disclosed that millions of dollars of injured workers’ medical bills are piling up and going unpaid because the funds haven’t been replenished.

Attorney General Chris Koster says the state owes $14 million to 184 injured workers due to the lack of funding. The bill accrues $1.3 million in annual interest that taxpayers pick up as well, and there also are roughly 29,000 pending cases that could cost the state more than $145 million.

Lawmakers are hoping a reduction in litigation costs associated with certain injuries could reduce the overall cost to the state. Bills now in the House and Senate propose regulations against employees suing coworkers for on-the-job injuries. These bills also include new coverage for certain occupational diseases, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or cancers that can be developed from toxic exposure.

The Missouri Workers’ Compensation Attorneys with Cofman Townsley Injury Lawyers have decades of experience helping workers who have been hurt at no fault of their own while working. If you have been injured in an on-the-job accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, call us today for a free consultation of your case.

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OSHA Fines St. Louis Company $121,000 for Safety Violations

by Keith | August 9th, 2011

August 9, 2011

Companies are required by law to provide employees with a safe work environment at all times–when companies violate safety regulations, the fines can be expensive. A St. Louis, Missouri manufacturer, American Pulverizer Co., is feeling pinched in the pocketbook after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fined the company nearly $121,000 for almost forty different safety and health violations.

According to News Channel 5 KSDK, an OSHA inspection began in February of this year after reports of unsafe electrical equipment were made. The company was cited for one repeat offense after not complying with an October 2006 violation from a lack of grounding continuity in some of the electrical equipment, and was also cited for 31 serious violations of code and one other-than-serious infraction.

Serious violations were filed concerning:

  • Heavy equipment safety involving industrial sized cranes and trucks
  • Storage of flammable liquids and gases
  • Lockout and tagout of energy sources
  • Housekeeping violations
  • Machine guarding

The other-than-serious infraction involved bookkeeping related to safety and health at the workplace.

The Missouri Workers’ Compensation Attorneys with Cofman Townsley fight for the rights of those who can no longer work after being injured on the job at no fault of their own. Victims of a hazardous work environment could be entitled to compensation for lost wages, medical bills, future medical expenses and rehabilitation costs. Contact Cofman Townsley immediately for a free consultation of your case

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