If we told you how to win your claim for free, we would be unable to feed our children. That would be unfortunate, and you would probably still not drop change in our cups. : o
We offer general concepts, but you should give ALL your facts to a licensed Attorney in your state before you RELY upon any legal advice.
You need to look for a lawyer specializing in workers compensation near you. They can see you for free consultation and discuss the application process with you. The sooner you do this the better because the attorney may need to do some things prior to filing for hearing
You definitely need to hire a WC attorney. Make sure that WC is sbustantial part of their practice b/c the laws are too complicated for a genral practicioner to know the system and no matter how long it usually takes, an attorney will make it faster and expodentially increase your chance to win the benefits you need. Good Luck
I am licensed to practice law only in Illinois. Any advice that I render is for general information purposes and does not create an attorney-client relationship. Also it is very important to keep in mind that all legal claims have statues of limitation to file that cannot be missed. A local attorney should be consulted to learn the time limits applicable to a particular claim.
Because Missouri has placed the burden upon you to prove not only that you had an accident, but that your injury was predominantly caused by your work related injury, your question, simple on it face, is very complicated. In addition, unless you are well versed in the rules of evidence necessary to prove your case to an administrative law judge, you will have to retain an attorney. Hire someone in Union or Washington. Both cities have fine bar associations.