I was recently involved in a car accident. Unfortunately, since it was my first accident, I was scatter-brained and anxious. What I did not realize at the time was that the actions you take immediately after the accident can affect a personal injury case and the outcome of that case. I wanted to find a way to share my experiences and mistakes with other. Since the Internet is so popular, I figured this would be a great way to do so. While you likely aren't planning on being in an accident soon, if you are, hopefully you remember some of the tips I share on this website.
After you are injured at work, you may find it difficult to live your life in the same way. You may not be able to work while you recover, and perhaps you are facing insurmountable medical bills. Unfortunately, it is all too common to make mistakes after an injury that can lead to your workers' comp claim not going through. You have rights and responsibilities in the process of filing a claim. Understanding them can help you get through the process, and these tips will help you file a successful claim.
Always Report the Injury Right Away
One of the first things you should do after an injury is report it to your superior. You may have a specific deadline by which you have to report an injury in order to be eligible to receive workers' compensation. Report the injury and fill out the paperwork as quickly as possible.
Receive Medical Treatment Immediately
After you have been injured at work, ensure that you receive medical treatment as quickly as possible. Medical care provides evidence that you were injured and suffered as a result of the injury, and it also helps you heal properly so you can get back to your typical life as much as possible. Any delay in treatment could indicate to an insurance company that your injuries were not as serious as you claimed.
As part of this process, you should also ensure that if your doctor has been chosen by your company or the company's insurance company, you get a second opinion. This will ensure that you receive proper treatment that is not minimized by the insurance company's doctor.
Remember You May Have to Undergo an Independent Medical Examination
When you undergo an independent medical examination, the goal is not to treat your ailments and injuries. Instead, the insurance company will hire a doctor to examine you and issue a report regarding your diagnosis, your recovery, and any impact on your work. This will help the company determine its responsibilities in terms of workers' compensation.
Hire a Workers' Compensation Attorney
One of the best things you can do is hire a workers' compensation attorney. An experienced attorney ensures that you receive the benefits you deserve or helps you receive a settlement offer. They can also help you appeal a denial of your claim. Workers' comp is already difficult enough to navigate, but a professional can help you negotiate and represent you in court if necessary.