What Should I Do If I’m Injured At Work?
First thing is first, if the injury requires it, seek medical care immediately. Secondly, report the incident to a supervisor as soon as possible. It may be required to have a written account of the incident. All injuries that occur on the job should be recorded and reported.
What Are My Legal Rights?
Though it will vary from state to state, there are some legal rights you can count on. You have the right to file a claim in workers compensation court. You have the right to see a medical professional and pursue any needed medical treatment. Once approved by a medical professional, you have the right to return to your job. If you are unable to return to work due to your injury, you have the right to disability compensation. And lastly, you have the right to a lawyer.
If your injury is caused by the negligence of a third party, you may have the right to bring up a third party claim against the person or entity that caused your injury.
How Do I File Workers’ Compensation Claim?
Filing a workers’ compensation claim is not a lawsuit, but a request for benefits. Start by notifying your employer. They will be required to offer you a claim form. If for some reason they are not able to, you should contact your state Workers’ Compensation Office. Once the form has been filled out and the claim has been made, return the form to your employer. Your employer will not be able to give you any benefits until they have received the claim.