Getting hurt at work can be a frightening and stressful experience, but luckily there is workers’ compensation, which can provide compensation for lost wages and medical bills. However, you must ensure that you take the correct steps so that you receive what you are owed, and nothing less. Follow these steps to accurately and efficiently file a workers’ compensation claim.
1. Tell Your Employer You Were Hurt
To get the worker’s compensation claim process started, notify your employer of your injury at work. If you can’t do so immediately, make sure you do it within 21 days of the injury, or else you may not receive any benefits at all.
2. Seek Medical Attention
Not only should you go to the emergency room or doctor for your health, it will also provide documentation for your injuries. However, you may need to see a doctor that is on a list that your employer provides, so communicate with management before you go.
3. Get Legal Help
As soon as you’re able, get legal help from an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer. You have a better chance of obtaining the compensation necessary to pay for medical treatment and other bills you may have related to the accident.
4. Keep Records of Missed Time from Work
If you miss at least 7 days of work, you are entitled to receive lost wages benefits equal to 2/3 of your income. Keep track of how much work you miss in case the workers’ compensation insurance tries to lowball you.
5. Keep a Detailed Amount of Medical Treatment and Recovery Process
Sometimes, an employer may try and push you to get back to work before you are ready. A record of your medical treatment, doctor visits and recovery process will help you prove the severity of your injuries.
6. Follow Up on Your Claim
You will hear rather quickly whether your claim is approved, and you should start receiving benefits within weeks. If you do not receive a letter, follow up with your employer and find out why. In addition, your attorney can help you move your case forward and protect your rights. If you receive a denial letter, your lawyer can also help you draft a response and appeal the decision.
If you have been injured at work, contact our Norman workers' compensation attorneys at the Law Offices of Keith J. Nedwick, P.C. today. We have over 50 years of combined experience protecting clients who are hurt at their jobs.
Call (866) 590-8173 or contact us online for a free case evaluation. We are available 24 hours, 7 days a week to talk.