When you are injured on the job, you expect to be compensated for your injuries and time off from work. All employees in the United States have the right to expect this from their employer. However, some employers will try to avoid workers’ compensation claims through various means. In order to have your workers’ compensation claim go smoothly, you will want to follow these three steps.
You need to report any injury or accident to your employer as soon as it happens, even if you are unsure whether or not you are seriously hurt. You need to make sure that you are reporting the accident to your immediate supervisor or, if they are unavailable, the nearest supervisor available. Reporting the accident immediately negates some of the risk of the employer trying to fight the claim.
Be completely honest with the workers’ comp doctor about how the injury happened, what it feels like, and how it is restricting your movement. If the doctor decides that you are unable to work or if they decide that you have limitations and restrictions while at work and at home, you need to be honest with your employer about these as well.
Follow Restrictions and Therapy
Make sure that you follow all doctor’s orders regarding your injury and recovery. You need to make sure that you are following your restrictions at home as well as at work. You also need to go to any follow-up appointments and physical therapy as ordered by the doctor. Your employer must give you paid time off for these appointments.
If you have recently been injured on the job and you are worried about your right to compensation, contact us today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.