If you have been injured at work, you are likely concerned about how to manage your situation. You may be facing time away from work, and therefore, lost income. You may have medical bills related to your injury that you can’t afford. Or your employer may tell you not to file a formal report. So, what do you do?
What to Do after Being Injured at Work
If you are asking yourself “what do I need to do if I was injured at work”, here is some helpful information to get you on your way, and hopefully relieve a bit of stress.
Get Medical Attention
Even if your injury doesn’t seem serious to you, you should always get medical attention after a work-related injury. Tell your doctor that the injury happened at work, and get copies of your diagnosis and treatment plan for your employer.
File a Report
Tell your employer about your injury as soon as possible. You may technically have 30 days to file a report, but it is best to inform your employer and file a report as soon as possible to ensure you get the benefits you deserve.
File a Workers’ Compensation Claim
Often times, you can file a workers’ compensation claim through your employer. The correct form is a DWC Form 1. This form should be completed and returned to the California Division of Workers’ Compensation.
Get Legal Help
If your employer fails to report your accident, denies your claim of being injured, or refuses to file a claim, then contact an attorney. An attorney can help you prove that you were injured at work and that you are entitled to benefits. An attorney can also help you complete necessary forms and ensure your claim is filed appropriately and on time.