3 Steps to Take After a Workplace Injury
If you are suffering from an injury that occurred on-the-job, you are probably entitled to receive workers' compensation for the injury that you suffered.
Most employers are required by state law to provide workers' compensation benefits for their employees.
The workers' compensation process can be difficult to understand, especially if you have never had to go through it before.
There are steps that need to be followed immediately following the incident if you want to receive the compensation that you deserve for your injuries.
Not sure if your situation constitutes a workplace injury? Read our blog post, Common Work-Related Injuries
1. File an Accident Report
If you become injured at work, you will need to file an accident report with the appropriate authority as soon as possible.
More than likely there will be authorization forms that you will need to fill out once you have told your employer or manager about the accident.
Be sure to get a signed copy of all the paperwork that you and your employer fill out before leaving the accident scene.
It is important to speak with your employer if you are involved in an accident, even if you believe you have not been injured.
It's possible that you may not realize you are injured until hours or days later. If you fail to report the accident, your employer may not believe that your injuries were sustained on-the-job because there will be no official report.
It's always better to be safe than sorry. When an accident occurs at work, notify your employer the same day, immediately after the accident occurs while the details are still fresh in your mind.
2. Seek Medical Attention
Once you reported the accident to your employer you should seek immediate medical attention. In some cases the injury sustained will require emergency services, while in other cases there may be a specific doctor that your employer sends you too.
You may be entitled to seek a second opinion by the doctor of your choice if you are not satisfied with how things went with the first doctor.
Seeing a medical professional immediately after your accident is another step in the process that you do not want to skip. Like filing an accident report, seeing a doctor is essential not only for your health but also for your workers' compensation claim.
If you file an accident report and wait too long to see a doctor, you will more than likely be denied compensation when filing for reimbursement for your medical bills.
If you want to ensure that you receive the amount that you are owed for your medical expenses, you will need to see a doctor the same day the accident occurred. Having your injuries documented immediately will be your best bet at obtaining the benefits that you deserve.
3. Contact a Workers' Compensation Attorney
Understanding your legal rights after being involved in a work-related injury can be complicated, and your employer may not tell you everything you deserve to know about your case.
In some circumstances, employers or the insurance company will try to deny your claim for compensation, or they will try to minimize the amount of compensation that you are actually owed.
When you contact an experienced Workers' Compensation Attorney after your accident, you will have a much better chance of receiving all the benefits that you deserve.
The good thing about most workers' comp attorneys, is that they will work with their clients on a contingency fee basis.
This means they do not require any up-front fees to begin service. They receive payment once you have obtained an amount during the settlement process.
Having a workers' compensation attorney on your side will relieve you of additional stress that you do not need while trying to recover from your accident injuries.
See a Chiropractor After a Work Injury!
When you are involved in a work-related injury, the Chiropractors at Arrowhead Clinic can help with your recovery.
Our Chiropractic Doctors have been helping work injury victims with their recovery for over 40 years.
Our doctors have the training and experience to help you receive the treatment that you need to make a full recovery.
We work with attorneys and insurance companies so you do not have to worry about paying out-of-pocket for your treatment.
If you were injured at work, do not hesitate to contact the experienced Work Injury Chiropractors at our Georgia Clinics for a free consultation.
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