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What to do after a workplace injury

Suffering an injury at work can put you in a difficult position. Depending on the severity, you may have substantial medical bills and be out of work for an extended period of time. There may be concern about where your next paycheck is going to come from or potentially if you’ll ever be able to return to work.

As you take steps to recover, you may worry about your bills stacking up. This can all take a significant toll on your quality of life. Fortunately, there is a way to help you through this tough time. Workers’ compensation can make a big difference in your ability to maintain stability in your life while you heal.

If you’re prepared and organized, you can manage what would otherwise be a significant challenge.

Receive medical care

Seeing a doctor may be a fairly obvious first step depending on the severity of your injury. If your injury is severe, make sure to seek emergency medical attention before anything else. In less grave situations, you may have the choice to decide where to receive care. Make sure to ask your supervisor if you can choose your personal doctor or if the company requires you to see a specific physician.

It’s important to receive medical care as soon as possible and keep a documented record of everything.

Report your injury

It is crucial that you report your injury as soon as possible. Make sure you let the proper authority at work know about your condition. This may be your direct supervisor or potentially the owner of the business you work for. You have 30 days to notify your employer in writing following your injury to be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Continue to document everything by receiving a paper copy signed by your employer proving that you reported the injury.

File your claim

Now it’s time to file your workers’ compensation claim. You have up to one year to file your claim after suffering an injury. This is why it’s important to receive documentation from both your doctor as well as your employer. Use this information to help you file your claim and, if necessary, to use as a way to verify it as well. If you have kept track of everything since your injury occurred and filed within the allotted amount of time, this should not prove to be much of an issue.

Stay organized

The main constant throughout this process is staying organized. Collect as much information as possible and document everything along the way. If you can interview people who witnessed your injury, this could provide further proof toward having your claim accepted. Continue to seek medical treatment as necessary and keep all your information filed in an organized manner.

If you believe you are a candidate for workers’ compensation, you may also want to contact an experienced professional to help you with your case.

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