Documenting an Injury on the Job
If you have been injured on the job, you may be under the assumption that you are automatically entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. However, there are some steps that you will need to take before you can collect benefits. One of the most important steps is documenting your injury, particularly if you plan to hire a worker’s compensation attorney. Documentation of your injury will attest to the nature and the severity of your injuries and will help support your worker’s compensation claim. Waitz & Downer can help you through this process.
Notify Your Employer
If you are injured on the job, you need to notify your employer right away. Depending on the company’s policy, your employer may want you to see its own doctor and ask you some questions about the accident. If your employer wants to interview you about the accident, you may consider hiring a workers’ compensation attorney for assistance.
See a Doctor
No matter whether the injury is serious or minor, you need to seek out medical attention immediately. Some injuries may appear minor, but can worsen if left untreated. Internal injuries are seemingly unobvious, but can become very serious if you do not see a doctor right away.
Seeing a doctor will also support your workers’ compensation claim and serve as invaluable documentation of your injuries.
Your employer may require you to see the company’s own doctor.
Keep Your Own Records
Visits with your doctor will help document your injury, but it’s also important to keep your own records of important dates, names and addresses, such as:
- Dates you missed work
- Dates you were admitted to the hospital or emergency room
- Names and addresses of any witnesses to the accident
- Names and contact information of anyone else involved in the accident
- Names and addresses of physicians who treated or examined you
- Name and address of the hospital or doctor who initially treated you
You may also want to keep any receipts for items you had to purchase because of the injury and your medical bills.
Contact a Lawyer
If you suffered an injury in the workplace, a workers’ compensation lawyer can help you file a workers’ compensation claim and document your injury properly. A lawyer will work with your doctors, communicate with your employer and take care of the necessary paperwork to file your workers’ compensation claim and start collecting benefits. Filing a claim can be a complex process, and having an experienced lawyer on your side will improve your chances of winning your claim. Don’t hesitate to contact us today with any questions or to get started.