Notice is all important in a Missouri workers’ compensation case.
An employee has 30 days to give notice.
In reality, an employee should give notice as soon as possible.
That notice should include your name, date of injury, time of injury, the place of injury, and the nature of the injury.
The 30 days is from the date of accident or the diagnosis of your condition if you have an occupational injury.
Keep a record of the date and time of the delivery along with the full name and title of the person you delivered it to.
There can be some tricky issues.
What you think is a minor matter might turn out to not be so minor. I once had someone bend a toe back. He did give notice on what was thought to be a minor sprain. Long story…he ended up with a toe implant and a serious infection.
In the case of an occupational disease, the notice is 30 days from diagnosis. Some physicians may say a disease is not work-related or may not tell you the disease is work-related. If there is any possibility the disease is work-related, you have nothing to loss by giving notice.
Not taking time to think about what lead to the injury can also be a problem. If the injury is from a risk that you would be equally exposed to outside work, your claim is not likely to succeed. Here’s an example of how things can be less than clear-cut. Your going down a set of stairs and fall. There are stairs most people go down outside the work environment. What can make the claims is: if the stairs were wet, steep, dark, you were carrying something, etc.
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