If you are injured on the job, you may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. But how do you make sure that you get the benefits you are entitled to? How do you know that your legal rights and best interests are protected? Here is some advice from The Law Offices of Dennis R. Fusi & Associates.
How to Protect Your Rights After an On The Job Injury
To protect your rights after an on the job injury, do the following:
File an Accident Report
In order to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits, you must file an accident report detailing what happened. File an accident report with your employer immediately. Even if you don’t have symptoms now, this report will help you if you develop symptoms in the days or weeks following a work-related accident. Most states have deadlines for filing an accident report, so it is best to file a report immediately.
Get Medical Attention
Get medical attention for any injury you sustain at work. Whether you go to the emergency room or see a doctor later, make sure you tell your doctor how the accident happened and that it was work-related.
Report your Injuries
Your employer is responsible for reporting your injuries to their insurance company and filing a workers’ compensation claim. Make sure this is done as soon as possible. It is your responsibility to notify your employer, and you should follow up on your workers’ compensation claim once it is filed. You are entitled to a copy of the claim that your employer files, and it is a good idea to review this.
Consult a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
If you are uncertain about the workers’ compensation process, you may find it helpful to speak with a workers’ compensation lawyer. Having a lawyer on your side can help you protect your rights if your injury is denied by your employer, or if your workers’ compensation claim is denied by the insurance company.