Studies show that more than 4 million individuals are injured at work or suffer from an occupational illness each year in the United States. If you have suffered from a work-related injury, then consider these important steps you may need to take when injured on the job.
1. Notify Your Employer
The first thing you’ll need to do after suffering a work-related injury is to notify your employer of the incident. As a good rule of thumb, outline your injuries in writing to ensure that your supervisor cannot deny that you reported the event. Avoid having your worker’s compensation claim denied by reporting your injury within 30 days of the incident.
2. Seek Medical Attention
After you have notified your employer of the accident, you’ll need to have your injuries assessed and treated by a physician. Check with your employee benefits ahead of time for a listing of medical providers within your network. It is important that you inform your physician of your accidental injury on the first medical visit. It is also important to have your physician provide you with copies of your medical records, including the diagnosis, prescribed medications, and projected treatment plan, so that you can submit this information to support your claim.
3. Gather Your Paperwork
Once you have been seen by a medical physician, it’s time to organize all of the documents and paperwork you have regarding the accident. This includes medical paperwork, injury photos, and the initial employer notification form.
4. Hire a Worker Injury Attorney
Filing a worker’s compensation claim can be a difficult process; take some of the stress off of yourself by hiring a work injury lawyer. Worker’s compensation law firms can help you file the claim, determine company liability, and defend your right to personal injury benefits.
When you’ve been injured on the job, the last thing on your mind is negotiating with your employer for worker’s compensation benefits. Let our work injury attorneys with the Santilli Law Group defend your case and help you get back to your daily life. For more information on medical malpractice law and other practice areas, call (888)319-6979 today.