NOTE: Mark Cantor is now the founder of Cantor Injury Law. If you have
been in an injury, call us today at (314) 628-9999 or visit us at www.cantorinjurylaw.com.
So it is our first meeting at Cantor and Associate and you have a Missouri
or Illinois workers' compensation claim. I am going to discuss what
you can expect if it is a Missouri workers' compensation claim and
you are here at my office.
First of all, I will personally meet with you and we will review the facts
of your case. I will fill out what is called a Form 21, which is the Missouri
Claim for Compensation. I will get your pedigree: your name and address.
I will get your social security number and your date of birth. We will
find out facts about your work injury and how much you were earning. I
will ask who you reported your injury to and I will do a detailed interview
regarding the facts of your claim. I will ask you to sign a HIPAA compliant
medical release form, because I want to collect your medical records.
I don't trust that the insurance company and your employer will provide
me with all of your records. I want to have the ability to collect them myself.
I will ask you to sign a contract. The contract will say that I do not
charge a fee unless I win. I don't charge a fee on any non-contested
benefits. So, if you are receiving all of your wages while you are off
and you are receiving all of your medical bills, I do not take a fee on
those things. I do not feel that is right or fair to do. What my law firm
does and I do is take a fee on the disputed lump sum payment for either
permanent partial or permanent total disability at the end of the case.
My contract clearly states that.
I will then file the claim for compensation. The employer and insurer will
receive notice from the division of workers' compensation in Missouri
where the claim has been filed. They will receive a notice that says that
they have thirty days to answer. So fifteen days after I file the claim,
the court sends them notice. Thirty days after that, the employer must
answer. That is 45 days. That is a long time. In the interim, me along
with my staff and my many paralegals will assist in setting up the file
and guiding you through the beginning parts of your claim. Frequently,
early in the case, people require more attention and care. We can help
you with that.
Please come to us. Bring your questions. You don't need any money.
We will help you. Will get your case started and we will fight it from
the beginning to the end. I will never tell you to settle unless it is
for a fair amount. You will be my boss. I will explain to you your options
and you will tell me what you want me to do. Once you tell me, I will
carry out your directions. That is why you hire a lawyer to work for you
and against the insurance company or your employer.
Again, I am Mark Cantor. I look forward to meeting you and personally representing
you. I can be reached at (314) 628-9999. I look forward to our first visit.