The initial step after an on-the-job injury is to get medical treatment. By doing so, you are increasing the chances that your workers’ compensation claim will be approved. This will show that you sought treatment after a workplace accident because your injuries were serious enough to warrant doing so, and this proof will help in your workers’ compensation claim. To get the most out of your claim, it will be imperative that you also do the following:
Tell Your Boss
You must notify your boss about the workplace injury accident sooner rather than later. The notification deadline may not be very long, and if you take too long and then need medical treatment, you may have to pay for it out of your own pocket. The best way to protect your best interests and health is to tell your employer the same day.
File an Official Claim
After telling your boss about the accident, he or she must provide the proper documentation to fill out. If they don’t, then request one from your state’s workers’ compensation board. Usually, you will have to include the following information when filling out your claim:
- Other people who were there or were involved in the accident
- Location and severity of injury to your body
- Time, date, and location of the accident
- Medical treatment received thus far
- How the accident occurred
After turning in the required forms to your employer, you have taken all the steps necessary in filing a claim under worker’s compensation benefits. However, it is strongly encouraged that you follow up and are organized as your claim is being handled. Continue to get medical care if your doctor suggests it, and ensure that your compensation is enough to cover costs of treatment and wage loss. If you aren’t receiving sufficient benefits, then it’s time to speak with a lawyer for help.
For assistance with your worker’s compensation claim, consider talking with a reputable lawyer right away such as a Workers Comp Lawyer from Rispoli & Borneo, P.C.