If you have experienced a job-related injury and your employer has a workers’ compensation policy, the law may entitle you to certain benefits.
In addition to payment of a portion of the wages you may lose during your recovery, you may be able to receive coverage for medical expenses and/or employment retraining related to your injury.
However, to ensure you receive the benefits you need, it is important to follow through with both reporting the incident and visiting a physician for treatment.
1. Report your injury promptly
An injury that seems minor at first may lead to more serious issues later. Even if an incident seems trivial, it is important to report it to your supervisor as soon as you can. Failing to do so promptly may result in automatic denial of benefits.
2. Seek medical attention
Whether you need emergency treatment or visit a doctor later, seeking medical attention after a workplace injury is also important. Let health care providers know that your injury was work-related. This may help establish a clear medical record that strengthens your workers’ comp claim.
3. Follow your physician’s treatment plan
After you begin treatment for your work injury, following your doctor’s treatment plan may be essential for both your recovery and for a successful WC application. If you do not comply with your physician’s suggestions, you may not receive an accurate diagnosis, your injury may fail to heal and your employer’s insurance provider may deny your claim for compensation.
Unfortunately, even if you are prompt about reporting your injury and pursuing treatment, you may face an uphill battle when seeking payment. If you are facing a complicated workers’ comp situation, an experienced attorney may be able to help you receive the full compensation you and your family need.