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A Word from our St. Louis Office


By: Bob Bassett, rbassett@heylroyster.com

I have been fortunate to represent employers in workers’ compensation cases for over 30 years, in both Illinois and Missouri. I have tried many cases and handled appeals to both the Illinois and Missouri appellate courts on more than ten occasions. I have represented employers in the healthcare, construction and transportation fields, among others. I currently represent employers in each of those industries, primarily in Missouri, from St. Louis, west to Kansas City, north to Hannibal, and south west to Joplin.

In a previous position as in-house counsel with Anheuser Busch, I was a member of a company-wide task force charged with addressing escalating workers’ compensation costs. The program we developed ultimately achieved savings of 68 percent over the first two years of implementation. I was then selected for the Board of Directors of a captive insurance company established to help distributors drive down costs for their workers’ compensation cases. I hope to bring similar cost-saving strategies to all of the firm’s clients, whether in Illinois or Missouri.

Our St Louis office is ideally located to serve our clients at the busiest Missouri dockets, including St. Louis, St. Charles, Kansas City, Jefferson City, Cape Girardeau, Hannibal, and others. We represent Hannibal Regional Hospital on all of their workers’ compensation claims, through Cottingham, as well as ABC Supply.

As we discussed at our May seminars, there are three primary differences between Illinois and Missouri workers’ compensation laws. First, Missouri requires that the employee prove that his or her “at work” incident was the “prevailing factor” in causing the injury or illness. Second, the employer is able to direct medical care. Third, permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits are capped at rates significantly lower than those in Illinois.

Please let us know if there are matters where we can assist you in Missouri. We intend to continue to offer our clients the level of professionalism in claims handling that you have been accustomed to from Heyl Royster in our representation throughout Illinois.