When you are injured on the job, it's important to take action right away to secure your rights to benefits for medical expenses and lost wages. Here are 4 workers' compensation facts you need to know and who to call if you or a loved one are hurt at work.
1. Report the Accident Immediately
Arguably the most important thing you can do after being injured on the job is to report the accident as soon as possible to your employer. You'll also need to fill out a formal accident form. This is true for serious and minor injuries. Even if you don't think the injury is important enough to inform your employer or file a report, you should do so anyways. Failure to file a formal report could come back to haunt you later if you need workers' comp, since it could cause your application to be denied.
2. Be Prepared to See a Doctor Chosen by Your Employer
When you are injured at work, your employer has the right to choose his or her preferred physician for your treatment. In some cases, you may be able to see a doctor or specialist of your choosing, or select between several approved physicians. However, be prepared to be treated by a doctor of your employer's choosing.
3. Be Prepared to Appeal Your Claim
In many cases, the first workers' comp application is denied. It may be due to something as simple as an error in the paperwork, or something more. Don't be surprised if you receive a denial and don't take it personally. Just be prepared to file an appeal as quickly as possible.
4. You'll Want a Workers' Comp Attorney on Your Side
Although you can file for workers' comp on your own without the help of a lawyer, chances are, you're going to want someone who can advocate for you and assist you through the process of filing workers' compensation and appealing a denial, if necessary.
Sean A. Casey, Esq. is an experienced workers' comp attorney who can provide you with the zealous legal representation you need after being injured at work. Attorney Casey will work hard to see to it that you receive the benefits you need to move forward after an injury you have sustained on the job.
Contact Attorney Casey today for a consultation to discuss your case in detail and to learn more about the next step. Call now at (412) 201-9090.