Missouri Governor Jay Nixon recently vetoed a bill that would have made several changes to the workers’ compensation system in Missouri. Although his office gave various reasons for the veto, the reasons given followed a similar theme: the bill would make changes that would hurt Missourians who needed Missouri workers’ compensation or other benefits after a workplace injury or illness.
The rejected bill would have made several changes to Missouri’s current system of workers’ compensation. The primary change the bill would have made was to eliminate the right of workers with occupational diseases to sue their employers for compensation, instead forcing them to go through the same workers’ compensation system as workers who are injured on the job.
Workers with mesothelioma, other cancers, and other serious diseases related to toxic-substance exposure would have had to deal with a system set up to handle immediate injuries - even though occupational diseases may take years or even decades to fully present themselves, and they often require different types and lengths of treatment than workplace injuries. The governor’s office stated that the governor vetoed the change because he believed workers with occupational diseases need the right to go to court in Missouri to seek compensation for the specific types of harm they suffered.
At Page Law, our knowledgeable Missouri on the job injury lawyers are dedicated to helping injured workers and their families seek the compensation they need, from filing a workers’ compensation claim to holding any third parties accountable for their actions. To learn more about your legal rights and options after a workplace injury or illness, call us today at (314) 322-8515 for a free and confidential telephone consultation.