Steps To Take After An On-The-Job Injury
1) Notify Your Employer.
If you are injured on the job, the first thing you want to do is notify your employer immediately. You have 90 days to notify your employer of your injury. Your employer is required to notify the Workers’ Compensation Commission of your injury by filing a Form 12A: Employer’s First Report of Injury.
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2) Seek Medical Treatment.
Just as important as notifying your employer of your injury, is seeking medical treatment immediately. Even small injuries should be seen by a medical doctor. A cut or bruise may seem small at first, but you could have internal issues that could get worse without treatment. Make sure to get all excuses for missing work from your treating doctor in writing.
3) Consult With An Attorney.
Another thing you may want to do is seek legal advice from a reputable worker’s compensation attorney. Even if your employer has accepted liability and agreed to pay your lost wages and medical bills, it is important that you speak with a knowledgeable third party so that your rights are protected. This includes unions. Whether you realize it or not, unions are working for both the employee and the employer. Their advice will not be impartial and may not always be for your benefit.
An attorney will represent you and will protect your rights. They will help you navigate the sometimes confusing world of workers’ compensation from paperwork to medical treatment. At the Shelly Leeke Law Firm we offer FREE consultations for injured workers. Find out if you need an attorney for your workers' compensation claim.