“The work comp system was designed to avoid years of complicated litigation,” said Scott Minor, Certified Work Comp Advisor at Missouri based TrustGDC.
Hannibal, Missouri (PRWEB) March 11, 2012
The workers comp insurance experts at GDC Risk Management hope that Senate Bill 572, which was recently passed by the Missouri House, will be approved by Governor Jay Nixon. The bill is aimed at reversing 2005 laws that allow co-workers to sue one another in the event of a workplace accident. “The work comp system was designed to avoid years of complicated litigation,” said Scott Minor, Certified Work Comp Advisor at Missouri-based TrustGDC. “The reform in 2005 has stirred a feeding frenzy among trial attorneys to turn a successful system created to provide benefits to employees into a red ocean of lawsuits," he added.
The team at TrustGDC believes that Senate Bill 572 will help small businesses and their employees in the sense that they will not have to constantly worry about employees suing one another or the company, dragging employee benefits out for years. “Right now, employees have no way of protecting themselves against being sued under the current system,” said Personal Risk Manager Clare Blase. “Your personal liability policy specifically excludes coverage arising out of or in connection with a business. The policy defines business as a trade, profession or occupation engaged in on a full-time, part time or occasional basis; or any other activity engaged in for money or compensation.”
The insurance experts believe Senate Bill 572 will re-establish protections to co-workers from being sued for workplace injuries or deaths covered by workers’ comp, except in cases of negligence. Smart business owners know that getting employees back on the job after an illness or injury eliminates concern and very often the need for an attorney. Working with a certified specialist in Missouri workers compensation will help cultivate a compassionate and caring partnership between employee and employer. “At the heart of this is a basic principle upon which the work comp system was founded and designed: the employer’s respect and deep-seated commitment to the value of all employees, both well and injured," said Minor.
For 128 years and counting, TrustGDC has been dedicated to creating long-term relationships with its clients and companies the agency represents. Providing a combination of business strategies, insurance and risk management, with integrity and trust, has lead TrustGDC to evolve into a most well-respected Missouri insurance agency. Striving to act in their clients’ best interest through professionalism, ethical business practices and continual education, TrustGDC also serves the diverse insurance needs of Illinois and beyond.