Workers' Compensation for Workplace Injuries

Fri, Nov 11th, 2016

You've most likely stumbled across the blog because you or a loved one got injured at work. You may be in constant pain, perhaps you can't work due to an injury. Maybe you're overwhelmed with Workers' Compensation forms, you haven't received benefits or all of sudden your benefits have stopped and you can't make ends meet. Rest assured, you've come to the right place.

Workers' Compensation settlements are crucial to recovery, because workplace injuries can be severe, sometimes resulting in long-term, permanent disability. But navigating the whole Workers' Compensation process can be complicated from filing a Workers' Compensation claim, choosing a doctor, to understanding what benefits you are are entitled to receive.

So if you've been injured on the job, there are a few things that need to be done to get your claim started. Keep in mind that while some of these steps may seem minor or relatively simple, skipping over them could compromise your ability to recover benefits.

  1. Tell Your Employer Right Away - Tell your employer right away if you have been injured. Do not wait to see if the pain will subside or if the injury is severe enough to warrant a workers' compensation claim. You need to report any on the job injury to your employer immediately. If you choose not to report it, you may be asking for trouble and setting yourself up to have your claim denied completely.
  2. Complete all necessary forms - You will need to complete any workers' compensation claim form given to you by your employer promptly and accurately. This is the first official notice that you give to your employer documenting your workplace injury/accident.
    Check your work and make sure to include pertinent details such as your social security number, email address, time of the injury, description of what happened in the injury, any medical treatment you have already received and contact information for any witnesses. And make sure that you keep a copy of this form for yourself.
  3. Follow medical orders - If the physician treating you tells you that you need to take some time off of work in order to recover, comply with his or her advice. Attend any and all appointments associated with your own doctor(s) as well as the physician that the insurance company or your employer asks you to attend. Maintain notes of what happens at every appointment for your own records.
  4. Track all expenses linked to treatment - Any expenses linked to receiving treatment for injuries associated with your workers' compensation claim should be recorded. This included transportation costs, parking, doctor's expenses, etc..

Final thoughts:
When you are injured on the job, the financial and medical effects can be devasting. Many people who are injured on the job do not realize the full extent of their rights or the compensation they could receive. Speaking with a seasoned, dedicated and hard-working Workers' Compensation attorney can be extremely valuable when facing claim. The Harrison Law Office offers no-obligation, free case reviews.

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