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Can Your Employer Make You Continue Working While on Workers’ Comp?

Understand how workers’ compensation works in the state of Missouri.         

With some minor exceptions, Missouri workers’ compensation law provides coverage for all workers injured on the job while working within Missouri. The Workers’ Compensation Division of the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations administers Missouri workers’ compensation law. The most important thing you can do is talk to a Workers’ Compensation attorney call Northland Injury Law at 816-400-4878.

Can Your Employer Make You Continue Working While on Workers’ Comp?

If the authorized treating doctor certifies that you are unable to work, or places you on temporary restrictions that make it impossible to work in the open labor market, you will receive, tax free, two-thirds of your average weekly gross wage for the time you are unable to work. This is called “temporary total disability,” or TTD. If an unauthorized doctor certifies you are unable to work, you may or may not receive TTD. If you are unable to work, you will not be paid for the first three regularly scheduled workdays after your injury, the so-called “waiting period.” If you remain off work for two weeks, the three-day waiting period will then be paid.

This rule has many complicated exceptions. One example is if a doctor places you on light duty. Your employer may or may not have work available within your light duty restrictions. If they do not have light duty work available, you may be entitled to temporary total disability benefits. If you can work while being treated for your injury but make less money due to fewer hours or lower pay, you will receive “temporary partial disability,” a lesser amount than TTD. If the employer fires you for misconduct committed after the injury, you may not be entitled to any TTD. You may also lose some of your temporary total disability benefits as a penalty if you fail a drug screen or violate a safety policy. You cannot collect TTD for any time you collect unemployment benefits. If you have any questions about whether you are entitled to TTD or TPD benefits, or subject to a penalty, consult an attorney.

Talk to an Attorney

A Missouri attorney experienced in workers’ compensation can be an invaluable asset to your case, especially if you were seriously injured and cannot go back to work. You should strongly consider talking to a worker’s comp attorney if you need to appeal a denial of your claim and/or your injuries are severe or complex. For a more comprehensive list of all the questions you might have about workers’ compensation, and for a free consultation, please call (816)-400-4878. If you have further questions about your case, do not hesitate to reach out to us by the phone number, through the contact form, or even with the live chat option listed on our site!

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If you’ve been injured and aren’t sure where to turn, let us help. We represent individuals in many areas of personal injury including truck, auto and motorcycle accidents, property liability (slip & fall), spinal cord injuries, and more.

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Northland Injury Law: Personal Injury Lawyers in Northland Kansas City and Northwest Missouri.

Proudly serving: Gladstone, Liberty, Kansas City, North Kansas City, Saint Joseph, Plattsburg, Cameron, Chillicothe, Trenton, Sedalia, Warrensburg and many other areas in Missouri.

The Northland Injury Law Firm has been practicing in the Kansas City area for many years. Our founders, Max Von Erdsmannsdorff and Steve Mowry, built a strong foundation for the firm. Since Eric Bartlett joined the firm in 1996, Northland Injury Law has earned a reputation for success, honesty and compassion in personal injury and worker’s compensation.

I found Northland Injury Law to be very professional and honest! They kept me up to date on my case. I would highly recommend the whole firm for all your legal needs!!” – Michael T.

Northland Injury Law is proud of the relationships they’ve built with the clients they have served in the Northland and surrounding areas.  Their many great results for seriously injured people have helped their clients recover the significant economic losses that attend such serious injuries.

When it comes to a lawsuit after an accident or injury, representation matters! Most people do not realize that insurance companies have teams of lawyers, investigators, photographers and defense experts who immediately go to work following a serious accident involving their insureds.  They hire these people to minimize their exposure throughout the claims process and to reduce the amount received by the victim. Northland Injury Law aims to level the playing field for their clients.

This is an excellent law firm. They helped me out after an accident and did an awesome job. I would recommend this law firm to anyone who needs a good lawyer.” – Toni B.

Between them, Mr. Mowry and Mr. Bartlett have over  50 combined years of legal experience in the Kansas City Northland area. They have both been recognized by KC Magazine as “Top attorneys in Missouri and Kansas” and both have been recognized in the National Top 100 Trial Attorneys.

If you require the services of excellent local lawyers after an accident or injury, call Northland Injury Law today for a free consultation at 816-400-4878.

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