Getting hurt while you are at work is frustrating and scary. You will feel concerned about what your next steps are, especially if you think you will have to leave work to recover. If you suffer an injury at work while doing your job, take some immediate steps to receive fair compensation for your damages.
The following are some of the things you need to do right after your workplace injury to ensure you are fully compensated for your damages.
Seek Medical Attention
The first thing you need to do is seek medical attention for your injury. Depending on the nature of the injury, you may receive immediate first aid from your co-workers when appropriate.
If your injury is serious, you or your co-workers should call an ambulance and go to the emergency room at your local hospital. If your injury is less severe, you still need medical attention, but a visit to a doctor's office can suffice.
The need for immediate medical care serves several purposes. Most importantly, medical care ensures you are safe and receive treatment for your injuries. The medical exam also determines the cause of your injury. The medical report is one of the most important pieces of evidence for your injury claim.
Visit Your Human Resources Department
Once you are able to do so, stop by your human resources department. Once there, you will fill out the necessary paperwork to make a claim with your company's workers' compensation insurance. Workers' compensation insurance is for when employees get injured at work. The plan pays employees for their lost expenses, future expenses, medical expenses, and the like.
Your human resources representative will ask you some questions regarding your injury and be your contact person throughout your claim. You will also need to fill out an incident report if you have not already done so. On the report, you will detail the events leading up to your injury and the nature of how you were hurt.
Be sure you go to your human resources department as soon as possible. All the information has to go through the proper supervisors, managers, and the insurance carrier. The timely reporting of the injury is crucial for a fast turnaround on your claim.
Speak With Your Attorney
If you have not already done so, make an appointment with your attorney. While you do not need an attorney to make a workers' compensation claim, it is a good idea to at least let your attorney know you plan to make a claim. If something happens and your claim is denied by your employer, you will significantly benefit from having an attorney's assistance with an appeal.
Start a Documentation File
When you make a workers' compensation claim, start a file to maintain your documentation. In your file should be a copy of the incident report you provided to human resources, your medical reports, emails or letters of correspondence concerning all aspects of your claim, and the like. A strong part of your case, particularly if you have to appeal, will depend on your evidence.
The goal when you make a claim with your employer's workers' compensation insurance is a fast turnaround. Claims that take too long will ultimately be more expensive for the employer and more frustrating for you. Be sure you have all your necessary information ready to go whenever you are asked for anything pertaining to your claim.
If you need assistance with an injury at work, please contact our team at the Law Offices of Robert Dodson, P.A. We are happy to help you with any personal injury needs you have.