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4 Things You Should Do If Injured At Work

Have you been in a work related accident and been injured? Each year thousands of individuals are injured in the workplace. Unfortunately, of those injured individuals only a small percentage actually receive the compensation they deserve: simply, because they do not know the necessary steps to take. If you have sustained a work related injury, your employer maybe responsible for helping with lost wages and/or medical expenses. Injured on the job? The time to act is now – 4 Things You Should Do If Injured At Work

Have you been in a work related accident and been injured? Each year thousands of individuals are injured in the workplace. Unfortunately, of those injured individuals only a small percentage actually receive the compensation they deserve: simply, because they do not know the necessary steps to take.

If you have sustained a work related injury, your employer maybe responsible for helping with lost wages and/or medical expenses.

Injured on the job? The time to act is now –

4 Things You Should Do If Injured At Work

1) Notify Your Employer – now, this may seem like common sense but you must report the injury as soon as it occurs. In the event that you are injured on the job or whether, simply participating in a work related event such as a company picnic, holiday party, or another social event on behalf of your employer – you must report it.

Failure to report your injury in a timely fashion {typically 30 days or less} can result in complete loss of workers’ compensation.

If you are eligible for workers’ comp, you may file a claim for benefits usually consisting of approximately 2/3rds of your salary for those (*) qualified persons’.

2) Seek Medical Attention – seeking medical attention not only ‘makes sense’ it also will help strengthen your claim in the event that you are injured on the job. Seeking medical attention is one of the most important ways in which to ‘validate’ your injury. If you were in fact hurt on the job – seek medical attention by a licensed practitioner. Keep records and copies of all scripts, receipts, and medical discharge papers.

3) Keep Records –file a workers’ comp claim for benefits and send it to your employer. Be sure to keep a signed copy for your own personal records as well. Failure to send a copy of the claim to your employer will automatically disqualify the validity of your claim.

In the event your employer fails to follow through with state mandated benefits they maybe subject to fines, criminals charges, or further lawsuits. So, keeping good records is a must.

You should receive a letter of status of claim within 14 days of your submitting the necessary paper work. In the event that you have not, follow up with your insurance carrier – be proactive.

4) Obtain Advice From A Personal Injury Lawyer – are you completely satisfied with the way your claim is being handled; was your work related claim accepted or denied? Do you still have question or concerns; a qualified injury lawyer such as Corriveau Law can help you move forward.

Don’t wait until it’s too late – seek immediate assistance for your on-the-job injury today!

(*) Depending on your state some workers: such as babysitters, gardeners, house keeps, and seasonal workers may not be covered.

 

Disclosure: All cases are driven by the facts unique to each case as they apply to the law at the time, and the persuasive argument of an attorney. The information we at Corriveau Law provide is meant only as a broad overview, and not to be relied on without speaking with a legal representative