Posted on: 25 February 2020Share
When you are injured at work, you can file for worker's compensation benefits to cover your expenses and receive payment while you are out of work. You need to be extra careful when you file for worker's compensation and avoid any mistakes that could possibly delay or deny your claim. The following are some things you should be careful of as you file for worker's compensation:
You Should Report Your Injury Quickly
As soon as you are injured, you need to file an injury report with your attorney. The human resources at your employer will have the necessary paperwork to do this. If you do not report your injury in a timely manner, there is a chance you will not receive your worker's compensation benefits. Your employer could argue that your injury occurred elsewhere and not at the workplace. If you are not able to physically report the injury right after it happens, have a co-worker report the incident to your supervisor so they are aware of what happened. You should then file the report with your employer soon afterward.
Get Medical Treatment
You must go to the doctor for a work-related injury right away. The doctor will need to evaluate your injuries when they are fresh. The report from the doctor is a major piece of information that will support your worker's compensation claim and help establish your need for benefits. If you choose not to get medical treatment, you may not receive your benefits.
You should also be sure to see the doctor offered by your employer. Employers typically have a list of physicians they want you to see if you are hurt in the workplace because they are unbiased and will provide a fair assessment of your injuries. If you were to choose to see your own doctor, they could argue that your results were not fairly represented because you have a prior relationship with your own doctor. You can still see your own doctor but in addition to the physician offered by your employer.
Complete Paperwork in a Timely Manner
When you file for worker's compensation, you have a certain amount of time to file your paperwork. Each state has certain deadlines for worker's compensation claims. If you miss your deadline, chances are your claim will be denied and you will ultimately have to appeal.
Worker's compensation claims can be complex and time-consuming. You should try to avoid any mistakes that can prolong the process.
For more information, reach out to a local worker's compensation lawyer.