If you are injured while at work, there are specific steps you need to take to begin the process necessary to receive workers’ compensation. You deserve to be compensated for the injuries you received. An attorney will force the insurance company to provide the compensation and medical care you are entitled to. Lawyers specializing in workers’ compensation work on a contingency basis. This means you do not pay any money up-front for representation and do not have to pay unless your lawyer wins the case.
File a Workers’ Compensation Claim
Your first step is to notify your employer you have been injured. Your employer is required to provide you with a claim form. You must complete this form to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. If necessary, you can also receive a form at the emergency room or from your doctor’s office. The entire section labeled “employee” must be completed, including the date and your signature. The remainder of the form will be completed by your employer.
Obtain Legal Representation
Your best option is to retain a workers’ compensation lawyer. Although you can attempt to handle your claim by yourself, there is a good chance you will experience difficulties. A lawyer will make certain you understand your rights, contact the insurance adjuster, and ensure all paperwork and forms are completed correctly and filed on time. You will have an experienced attorney on your side to fight for compensation for your injuries.
Consult With a Doctor
If you have not already done so, your lawyer will make certain you see a doctor as quickly as possible. If you have experienced a serious injury, you should go to the emergency room immediately. Your employer may require you to see a specific doctor. If you are not satisfied with the results, you have the right to see a different doctor. Your health insurance may cover the costs. Depending on the extent of your injuries, seeing the right doctor is critical.
The Complexity Factor
Understanding a workers’ compensation case is often complicated. If you must stand up in front of a court or an administrative judge, a lawyer is essential to protect your rights. If you do not understand every aspect of your case, hiring a lawyer is recommended. If you do not proceed correctly, you risk losing your case or receiving reduced benefits.
Specific steps must be completed within a certain timeframe to qualify. You deserve fair compensation for any injury you suffer at work.
Author information: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter: @RachelleWilber