Injuries that happen while you are working are usually considered work-related. If you are injured at work you may be able to file a workers’ compensation claim. Sometimes, however, people may feel that they are not entitled to file a claim because they had a previous, unrelated back injury. Other times a worker may not file a claim or a claim may be denied because the worker failed to prove that the injury was work-related. Workers’ compensation claims can be extremely complicated, especially when you have a pre-existing condition. For this reason it is helpful to seek guidance from an experienced Atlanta workers’ compensation attorney.
How to Handle Pre-Existing Conditions
If you have a pre-existing medical condition it is up to you to inform your employer of the situation. The employer is still responsible for any future injuries that you suffer while at work. For example, if you were treated for a back injury five years ago and have now suffered a back injury at work, the latest treatment for your injury should be covered by workers’ compensation.
Sometimes an employee may be hesitant to report this type of injury. This could make the situation more difficult to resolve. It is imperative that you report any injury that occurs at work, even if you feel it may be minor at the time. If you fail to do so it could result in a reduction or denial of benefits.
What to Do After an Injury at Work
There are several steps you should take immediately following an on-the-job injury. First, report the injury to your supervisor or through the proper reporting channels at your company. Make sure that you document the date and time of the report. It is best to report the injury quickly after it happens. This will help show that the injury indeed occurred at work. Make sure that you include the names of any witnesses to the incident as this could prove to be helpful later.
Seek medical attention as soon after the injury as possible. When you speak to the doctor make sure that you provide specifics about how the injury happened and let them know that it is a work injury. If you have had previous injuries to the same area it is necessary to discuss the details with your physician. The medical report should indicate exactly what you were doing when the injury happened. For example, if you were lifting a box at work making sure that the doctor notes that in his report.
You will need to prove that your injuries occurred as a result of your work. A skilled Atlanta workers’ compensation attorney will review your case and help you gather the documentation you need in order to obtain workers’ compensation benefits. If specific treatment recommendations were denied, your attorney will assist in resolving the situation so you can receive the treatment you need as part of your workers’ compensation benefits. If you were injured at work, contact The Bader Law Firm to schedule a consultation today.