If you have been injured at work, it is important to follow the protocol for seeking medical treatment following the injury and then seeking a consultation with a workers compensation attorney to protect your rights.
When you get hurt on the job, the first thing you will need to do is report to your supervisor detailing the situation, unless there is an emergency medical situation where you are incapable of giving a report. You should consult with an authorized health care provider for a proper diagnosis and treatment that is necessary. You should inform the doctor you visit the specific details of how your injury occurred. You will specifically be asked if you incurred your injury while on the job. Be sure you follow the instructions provided by the doctor, including any referral appointments to specialists.
After treatment has been provided and you understand where you are medically, you should contact your employer with the update. Some employers will require a drug test after any on the job injury so you will need to comply with those requirements if a drug test was not already administered by the medical provider during your visit. You will need to comply with these requirements to ensure your claim for workers compensation is not compromised.
Your employer will need to provide the costs to cover medical care necessary to treat your injury with the aim of getting you back to work as soon as possible. They will also need to complete a report about the accident where you were injured. Not all employers will follow the rules as they should regarding your workers compensation case. For this reason it is wise to employ the services of a qualified attorney to ensure your case is handled appropriately and in a timely manner. If you are out of work for an extended period of time, you will need to be sure you receive the benefits so you can recover without worrying about your income.
If you have been hurt at work, contact our law office for a free consultation by calling toll free at 888-799-3918 or by using our online contact form for more information.