Missouri Workers’ Compensation Division – What You Need to Know.
Sept. 10, 2008
The Missouri workers’ compensation division is located in Jefferson City. This is the central office which administers all of the local branch offices. The office in Jefferson City also serves as a local office and maintains the Missouri Industrial Relations Commission which handles appeals for the local offices.
The Jefferson City office is located at 3315 West Truman Blvd, P. O. Box 58, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0058. Their telephone number is 1-573-751-9691.
For years, administrative law judges had been giving advice to employees have been giving advice to employees with regard to settlement offers and various legal options. Under the new law which came into effect in 2005, a judge is required to approve any settlement unless he believes that the employee doesn’t understand their legal rights. Previously judges were permitted to advise injured employees if there were receiving low offers and they would evaluate claims. In many cases, they would advise an injured employee to seek legal counsel from an attorney if they felt that they were being treated unfairly.
Under the present system, administrative law judges have been severely restricted and effectively muzzled when it comes to low ball settlement offers. This has saved insurance companies a lot of money because many cases have been settled for a very low amount. Some injured employees have been told that there is a set dollar amount which will be determined by the insurance company’s doctor. However, there are no set amounts and studies have shown that employees who are represented by attorneys have received significantly greater settlements.
In summary, it is important to understand that the Missouri Workers’ Compensation division provides judges in order to hear disputes. They also provide administrative personnel who can answer basic questions. However, there are no longer any legal advisors and judges are no longer able to effectively protect employees from being hustled by insurance adjusters and attorneys making low settlement offers. Submitted by Jeff Swaney FREE CONSULTATION (314) 310-8373