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Do you know what to do after a workplace injury?

In a physically demanding job, your chances of sustaining a serious injury can be much higher than that of an office employee. But do you know what steps to take in the unfortunate event that you receive an injury at work?

Slips-and-falls, heavy lifting and working with dangerous equipment and tools are some of the most common causes of workplace injuries. When you receive an injury on the job, you may be facing expensive medical bills. A workplace injury can even put you out of the job. That’s why it’s important to take the necessary steps to ensure that you can get the help you need after a serious workplace injury.

Notifying your employer

While it may seem obvious, notifying your employer of your injury is one of the first things you should do. If your injury requires immediate medical attention, it’s fairly simple to remember this step. But after a back strain or muscle tear, it may not be your first instinct to let your employer know right away.

After a workplace injury, your employer has an obligation to file a report of the details of the incident. They also need to let their insurance company know about your injuries so that you can file a workers’ compensation claim.

Filing a workers’ compensation claim

When your injury results in steep medical bills and keeps you out of work long enough for you to start losing wages, a workers’ compensation claim can help you seek financial relief. For Arizona workers' compensation claims, you have one year from the date of the injury to file a claim.

Once the Industrial Commission of Arizona (ICA) receives your claim, they will also notify your employer’s insurance company. The insurance company has 21 days to accept or deny the claim.

Keeping track of medical records

It’s important that you keep track of any medical-related expenses after your injury. If your employer’s insurance company accepts your claim, you’ll need to show proof that your injury has caused financial setbacks and prevented you from working.

Keep a copy of any treatment costs, medical bills and prescription medications. Under reasonable circumstances, you may even receive reimbursement for medical-related travel mileage. Doctors’ notes can also help you get the most out of your workers’ compensation claim.

If you sustained a serious injury on the job and require financial support for your recovery, don’t hesitate to file a workers’ compensation claim to receive the benefits you may be entitled to.

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