Workers' Compensation Basics
If you were hurt at your job and need medical treatment or can't work because of your injury, you have a right to be paid weekly benefits and to have your medical treatment paid for. For someone not used to the process, it can seem complicated and frustrating. A few simple step can help.
First Steps When You Are Injured On The Job
Tell Your Employer
The first step is to notify your employer about your injury. Any time you have an injury or condition from your work that keeps you from working or that requires medical treatment, you should report it. Tell your supervisor or boss
Get Medical Treatment
If you are injured at work, don't delay getting medical treatment. Let your medical providers know that your condition is work related. If they tell you they don't do workers' comp cases, find another provider. The most important thing is to get better
Keep Track of Info
The more exact your information is, the easier it will be to win your case. The date you were injured, names of witnesses, doctor's names, and what treatment you have had. As time goes by it can be hard to remember so keeping papers and notes is useful.
Talk To A Lawyer
People say a lot of things about workers' comp, but it's best to get the right information from someone who knows. You can get workers' compensation no matter who was at fault for the accident -- or even if it was no one's fault. It can be a car accident, equipment failure, or a slip and fall. It can happen over time, like back pain from lifting or wrist pain from typing. Most people who get workers' compensation are able to recover and go back to work at their same job.
It doesn't cost anything to talk to a lawyer. In workers' compensation, the insurance company has to pay the lawyers' fees. Most lawyers are happy to talk to you about your case, even before anything goes wrong. Get someone on your side to help you through the process. It only makes sense to be sure.
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Frequently Asked Questions
1. How much does a lawyer cost?
In Workers' Compensation cases, the insurance company pays all the attorney's fees. You may be asked to pay some expenses in advance, like filing fees and to get medical records, but other. than that the lawyer does not cost you, the employee, anything.
2. How long does it take?
If you have ever been involved with court proceedings before you know things can take a long time. But with a lawyer, we may be able to get the insurance to start paying within a few weeks or months. To go through the whole case might take a long time, even a year or more, but it really depends on your situation.
3. Will I have to go to court?
As your lawyer, I can handle a lot of your case for you, but you will still have to appear in front of the judge some times. A good lawyer will tell you what is going to happen and everything you can expect, and your part will probably be short.
4. Do I have to share all my medical records?
To get workers' compensation benefits, you have to show that you were injured and that you need treatment or are unable to work. But, you most likely don't have to share medical records that are not related to your injury. If you have a question about whether to share certain records, it's best to talk to a lawyer about your case.