Q: Can you explain how the current law treats victims of occupational diseases today?
Legislation has been filed that may significantly alter the workers’ compensation laws in Missouri. Currently, a victim of a serious occupational disease can sue his employer outside of the workers’ compensation system. This system allows for real and meaningful compensation. The proposed legislation (SB 1) would, instead, place these lawsuits cases inside the workers’ compensation system, drastically limiting the victim’s ability to obtain fair proper compensation.