If you have been injured in an on-the-job accident or if you have developed an illness due to a work-related situation, you may need to seek workers' compensation benefits in Missouri. These benefits can provide assistance with medical treatments as well as compensate you for some of the time you may miss from work due to your injury or condition. Understanding how to file a workers' compensation claim is important in these situations.
As explained by the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, all claims for workers' compensation benefits must be filed within the stipulated time period. The amount of time you have to file a claim can be two or three years from the date of your injury. The three-year time period is in effect if your employer failed to file a Report of Injury. If such a report was filed, you have two years to make your claim.
If you do not agree with the initial result or response to your claim, you may appeal the decision to the Labor Commission. This appeal must be filed within 20 days from the date of the first decision. Once the second decision has been handed down, you may appeal again if need be. This time the appeal is made to the Court of Appeals and must be completed within 30 days of the date of the decision.
If you would like to learn more about the process of filing a claim for workers' compensation and how to pursue an appeal of a decision regarding your benefits, please feel free to visit the injured employee's assistance page of our Missouri workers' compensation website.