Missouri Supreme Court Worker’s Comp Ruling May Result in More Civil Suits
Posted on February 27th, 2009 by Zane Cagle
After the Missouri Supreme Court upheld the 2005 changes to the state worker’s compensation laws, some attorneys have predicted a resulting rise in civil suit filings against employers from worker’s who no longer qualify for injury benefits.
According to an MSNBC report, the Court said that workers excluded from the narrower definition of “accidental injury” could now sue their employers in court, a decision many say will negatively impact businesses.
What are some of the changes? Among other things, workers now have to show a “specific event during a single work shift” in order to receive compensation, which eliminated the previous “series of events” qualification that granted benefits for carpal tunnel injuries. Also, the accident must be the “prevailing factor” in the injury rather than proving employment.
So far, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry is not worried about an influx of lawsuits, and notes that the important thing about the reformed law is the elimination of cases that should never have qualified for worker’s comp to begin with.
If you have been injured during an accident at work and were denied benefits, it is very important to contact a Worker’s Compensation Attorney right away. At Page Cagle, our legal team is available 24/7 to answer any of your questions and help you build your case. Contact Zane T. Cagle at 1(314) 276-1681 for your free consultation.