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March 31, 2020 | Gary Burger

How Long Do I Have to File a Workers Compensation Claim?

You were injured on the job, due to an employer, product or vehicle manufacturer, or a fellow employee's negligence, and you need help recovering compensation for medical bills and other damages. But, you aren't sure how long you have to file a valid worker's compensation claim. So, what should you do?

In this FAQ, we'll discuss what you should do after a work-related accident, the statute of limitations for work accidents, and when you should have a workers compensation lawyer in St. Louis represent your case. If you have questions about how long you have to file a workers compensation claim or other concerns about your case, call 314-542-2222 or 618-272-2222. We don't charge fees for our consultations, and we never ask for attorney fees unless we recover compensation for your case.

Is There a Statute of Limitations for Workers Compensation Claims?

If you've been injured at work due to another person's negligence, you're likely thinking, "what do I need to file a worker's compensation claim? Is there a time limit for filing a claim?" The answer is yes, but don't fret. In Missouri, as long as a worker's compensation claim is filed within two years of the date of the work-related injury, an employee is eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits. But, what do you need to make sure that your claim is accepted?

Witness accounts, medical reports (from before and after the accident), and other proof of injury (photos, videos) can prove that your injuries were caused on the job by another person's actions but can be challenging to collect, especially when healing from your injuries. This is where a workers compensation lawyer in St. Louis comes in. An attorney can handle everything from making sure that your employer follows proper protocol in reporting your claim to making sure that you get the compensation that you are entitled to for your work injuries.

What Should I Do If My Employer Denies My Workers' Comp Claim?

There are many reasons that a worker's comp claim would be denied, such as surpassing the time limits for claims, an employer disputing that the accident happened at work, lack of medical proof, or not enough tangible evidence such as witnesses, photos, or videos. So, what should you do if your employer denies your workers' compensation claim? Depending on the circumstances of your work-related accident, you could be eligible to appeal your denied workers' compensation claim. When appealing a workers comp claim, it's best left to the experienced hands of a workers compensation lawyer in St. Louis. Appeals must be filed within 30 days of receiving a denial letter, and must be supported by additional evidence and documentation -- an attorney can quickly gather this proof and make sure that everything pertaining to your claim's appeal goes smoothly.

If you've been the victim of a work accident and need a lawyer to defend or appeal your worker's compensation claim, Burger Law provides the highest quality legal representation to workers comp victims in Missouri and Illinois. If you need help gathering evidence, protection from the other party involved, or help appealing your claim, our workers' compensation lawyers in St. Louis can help. Call or contact our attorneys at 314-542-2222 or 618-272-2222 for a free case review. We don't charge fees for our consultations, and we never ask for attorney fees unless we win compensation for your claim.