Almost 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries were reported in 2011, including injuries from slipping and falling, sprains and strains, and back injuries. If you’ve been injured at work, you might be confused about how to file for worker’s compensation. After all, it’s your income and livelihood that might be at risk.
Worker’s compensation typically pays for medical care, rehab and disability payments if you have to miss work for medical treatment. In some cases, it will also pay for illnesses suffered from long-term exposure to hazardous conditions.
If you’ve been injured on the job, it’s always good to consult with an expert attorney, like the lawyers at Castle Law Office. We can help you if you think that your treatment might be challenged by either your insurance company or your employer. Here are some things to do to help your case:
- Go to the doctor! Getting treatment should be the first priority. In order to get your worker’s comp claim approved, you will need your doctor to document the extent of the injury and the treatment plan.
- Tell your employer as soon as possible that you’ve been hurt on the job. You have a limited time to file a claim after an injury, and if you’ve been seriously injured, you will want to see a doctor right away. You will have to fill out some paperwork, and you will want to make sure you get a copy of everything for your file.
- Write down what happened. If your employer doesn’t have an incident form to use, make sure to give your office a written account of the accident, including the date and time of the injury, what happened, where it happened, and your contact information.
- Keep a copy of all records. Being prepared for a worker’s compensation claim will only help you with a possible case. Get copies of all reports, medical forms and bills you receive.
If you’ve been injured on the job, call us today at 816-842-7100 to speak with an attorney that will fight to get you compensated. Or you can click here to email us and schedule your free consultation. We don’t get paid unless you win.