If you are injured while at work, the most important thing for you to do is report the injury immediately to your supervisor. If possible, report your injury in written detail – but whether in writing, or verbally – report your injury.
Also, keep in mind, there are deadlines set in place for filing a claim through Workers’ Compensation laws. The law varies from state to state.
Filing for Workers’ Compensation benefits can be a daunting task. Each case is based on an individual’s situation. If you have been seeing a physician for your injury and you are already receiving workers’ compensation for that injury, but something changes – that may be where your actual case begins.
Keep good records of anything that happens regarding your accident. Keeping an accident diary is a good idea in case you need these details as your case progresses.
Should you decide to hire an attorney to help you with your claim, there are some things you should bring with you to your meeting:
-If you already are seeing a physician, bring those medical records with you.
-If you already have filed anything with the state in which you work, include that, as well.
-Include all records and paperwork that already exist for your claim.
All of these things will help your attorney be better prepared to help you, and will ensure that your case is filed in a timely manner.
If you have questions as to whether or not you are covered – ask your employer. You should be provided with a list of approved physicians, and you may be able to request which doctor you would like to see. In some circumstances, a trauma specialist, for instance, may be your authorized treating doctor.
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