If you are like most employees, you may not have had to deal with
workers’ compensation before. The following tips can help you know what to do if you become
injured at work.
Seek medical attention. Do not delay in getting care. If needed, go to the emergency room, or
ask your employer if you are required to see a certain doctor or if they
will allow you to choose your own doctor. If you are required to go to
a certain doctor and are not happy with how your visit went, it is wise
to seek a second opinion from another doctor. Many times this will be
covered by workers’ compensation or by your own health insurance.
It is better to be safe and have any injuries evaluated than to wait too
long, causing you to lose your benefits.
Notify your employer and file a claim. Report your injury as soon as you discover it so that your employer can
promptly file your workers’ compensation claim. Even if you do not
immediately notice any injuries, you must still report the accident, and
if you discover your injuries later, notify them again as soon as you
notice them. You are entitled to a copy of the claim filed by your employer.
Keep records. Many states have a very short period of time that you can be allowed
to file a claim following an accident. In order to qualify for workers’
compensation, you must first create your accident report with your employer.
After creating your accident report,
document everything, including your medical visits, what you spoke to the doctor about, how
the injury is affecting you, etc. This can be used as evidence later in
case you experience difficulties with your claim.
Know your rights. Unfortunately, sometimes the workers’ compensation system will
make it very difficult for you to claim a fair amount of compensation
for your injuries. You may be entitled to more than you might realize,
especially if a third party was involved in your accident. It is your
right not to talk to the insurance company – remember they are in
the business of collecting premiums, not paying them out. Insurance companies
will use anything you say to find ways to deny benefits whenever possible.
An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you understand your rights
as a workplace injury victim and can increase your chances of getting
a higher amount of compensation.
We understand how difficult and frustrating it can be to handle a workplace
injury on your own. The system can be intimidating to navigate, and you
cannot always rely on your employer or their representatives to guide
you in a manner that is fair to you, because often, your best interests are
not theirs. At the Barrera Law Firm, PLLC, we have helped thousands of injured
workers and their families claim financial recoveries after an accident,
and we can help you, too.
free case evaluation, please contact a Virginia workers’ compensation lawyer from The
Barrera Law Firm, PLLC by calling (571) 290-2390.