Have you gotten injured on the job? Are you wondering what you should do?
Dealing with a workplace injury isn’t easy. You are in pain and feeling confused and anxious about the future.
Yet getting injured at work doesn’t have to be a tragedy. If you take the right steps, you could be recovering from injuries and getting your life back on track in no time.
Here’s what you need to know.
1. Report Your Injury
If you’re injured at work or while while in the course and scope of your employment, make sure you report the injury immediately to your supervisor. Your employer may require you to fill out a worker’s compensation claim form at the time of your injury. Check with your HR department for more detailed information.
2. Seek Medical Help Immediately
Make sure you go to a medical professional immediately to seek help for your injuries. You may, for example, have injured your back and neck and need to begin physical therapy right away.
It’s important to hold onto any documentation you have of your first medical visit. This could include your doctor’s bill, diagnosis, or prescription for drugs. These will serve as important evidence of the seriousness of your injury later on.
3. Take Photos And Preserve Evidence
If you know that your employer won’t penalize you for taking out your phone, take photos at the accident location that will document and support your case. You may want to photograph faulty machinery or your injury right after it happened.
Photo evidence is compelling and can help eliminate any questions about the accident, it’s location, and your injuries.
4. Examine Your Worker’s Comp Benefits
After you report your injury or fill out a worker’s compensation claim form, it’s your employer’s job to file a worker’s compensation claim with their insurance on your behalf. You’re entitled to a copy of the documentation.
Your worker’s comp insurance will cover the cost of immediate care, including a visit to the emergency room. It should also reimburse you for other medical expenses, such as surgery, hospital stays, physical therapy and prescriptions.
Your worker’s compensation insurance claim will also cover ongoing care required to recuperate from your injury and should also cover your wages you miss while you’re recovering from your accident.
5. Contact a Worker’s Compensation Lawyer
There are times when your claim will be denied or disputed. The benefit amount that you receive from worker’s compensation may not be enough to cover the ongoing cost of your care and rehabilitation. There may be a dispute of any claim for permanent injuries. When this is the case, it’s time to contact a qualified worker’s compensation lawyer to help you recover what you are entitled to.
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