If you’ve been hurt at work, then you have some great options at your disposal. Though no amount of money can make things right when you’ve been injured, getting some cash in your pocket can improve your medical options and allow you the time to heal without incident. With this in mind, there are some steps you must take if you’re planning a workers’ compensation case. Here are four steps that will send you down the right direction if you want to be successful in filing one of these cases.
Seek medical attention and document all expenses
You should never make the mistake of waiting to go see a doctor. If you’ve been hurt, then you should see a doctor right away. This way, when things get worked out, you’ll at least have your health intact. One of the biggest mistakes that people make is choosing to wait for their payout to go see a doctor. Get all the medical attention you need, but make sure that you’re keeping solid records of everything.
Report your injury to your employer
You have an obligation to report your injury to the employer as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more likely an employer will be to give you trouble over a claim. Once you’ve reported a claim, the employer must report the injury to its insurance provider. This will get the ball rolling on your claim, ensuring that you get paid as quickly as possible. Likewise, it will put the company on notice and hopefully make the leadership change whatever dangerous policies led to your injury.
Following your treatment plan
One of the best things you can do is to follow the treatment plan of your doctor. When you’re hurt, you may feel pressure to get back to work. If you happen to be seeing a doctor approved by your company’s insurance provider, then you are protected from this type of pressure. Likewise, following the treatment plan will ensure that you get paid in the proper manner. You don’t want to give the company or the insurance provider a reason or opportunity to avoid paying any of the costs of your medical treatment.
Watch what you say to your employer or the insurance company
You should know that even if you have been working at the same place for 30 years, you are in an adversarial relationship once you’ve been hurt. The company will want to see its insurance premiums stay low. The insurance provider will have an incentive not to pay out. Statements made to these individuals can hurt your case and make it more difficult for you to recover damages. Make sure you’re only talking to your lawyer or people that you trust.