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Four Things to Do After a Work Injury

Four Things to Do After a Work Injury

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.

For a free case evaluation, please contact a Virginia workers’ compensation lawyer from The Barrera Law Firm, PLLC by calling (571) 290-2390.