Protecting Your Right to Federally Protected Leave
FMLA, or the Family and Medical Leave Act, covers employees who need extended leaves of absence from work. This usually includes adoption, birth, caring for a family member, or having a serious health condition that requires lengthy treatments. The Dixon Injury Firm, a St. Louis, Missouri workers’ compensation firm, focuses a considerable portion of our practice on these types of cases. Our goal is to help employees navigate the dense legal field of workers’ compensation and FMLA leave to reclaim losses and make up for time off, medical expenses, and other costs.
The majority of employees in Missouri are covered (to some extent) by workers’ compensation. Typically, workers’ compensation coverage includes benefits for medical expenses and lost wages. If you believe that you are entitled to workers’ compensation, FMLA leave, or both, it’s important to contact an experienced attorney who can assist you with your case.
Common FMLA Claims
What qualifies for FMLA leave? This depends on a lot of factors. The law takes into consideration such things as proving serious health conditions, the size of the company, whether the claimant is on U.S. soil, etc.
You could be entitled to FMLA leave for the following reasons:
- Birthing and/or caring for a child
- Placement or care of an adopted child
- Active military duty
- Providing medical care to a family member (spouse, child, parent, etc.)
- Treatments for serious medical conditions
FMLA leave cases depend on several factors. For example, if your parents are in need of medical attention, you may be eligible for FMLA leave pay. If, however, your in-laws are in the same boat, FMLA doesn’t apply.
FMLA “time off” isn’t set in stone. It’s better to think of FMLA as being “capped,” or having maximum time/compensation for missed work. Additionally, not everyone is eligible for FMLA leave. One caveat of FMLA leave is the amount of time an employee has been with a particular company. In order to qualify for FMLA leave, an employee must have been with the company for at least 12 months with 1,250 hours of work.
How The Dixon Injury Firm Can Help with Your FMLA Leave Case
FMLA leave cases are often as complex as any other workers’ compensation situation. Because it is a federal act, FMLA applies to just about every company in the U.S. However, it can be difficult to actually obtain your rightful FMLA leave.
Our St. Louis FMLA leave attorneys are here to help employees acquire FMLA leave in the case of hospital care, pregnancy, and medical reasons. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for you during this trying time. Whether you are fighting a serious disease or need to care for a loved one, The Dixon Injury Firm is ready to advocate for you and your rights.
Do Not Wait; Contact Us Today
If you need help with a FMLA leave issue, the first step you should take is to find a reputable law firm that handles FMLA leave in St. Louis and that can help you through the claims process. It’s never a good idea to procrastinate since FMLA cases usually involve a time-sensitive element.
At The Dixon Injury Firm, we are ready and willing to assist employees throughout the state with all types of workers’ compensation and FMLA leave claims. If you believe your rights have been violated or if you need assistance acquiring FMLA leave, our attorneys can help. We are available 24/7 to answer your questions and provide all our services on a contingency fee basis. This means that we only collect attorneys’ fees if we win your case.
The Dixon Injury Firm
9666 Olive Blvd #202,
St. Louis, MO 63132