It can happen when you least expect it. An accident or fall occurs while you are working and you suffer an injury. If that happens you expect that your company will make sure that your medical expenses are paid and that you receive benefits through workers’ compensation. However, it is important to understand that your actions after an injury are important in achieving the compensation you deserve. You should report the injury to your supervisor or human resources department and seek medical treatment as soon as possible.
Get Prompt Medical Attention
One of the most important parts of your case is to prove that you suffered a work-related injury. The best way to show that your injury occurred at work is to get medical attention immediately following the incident. Certainly some injuries are not immediately apparent and some people wait to see if the injury is serious before they see a doctor. This can work against you in a workers’ compensation claim because it can become more difficult to prove that the injury happened at work.
Immediately after the accident write down everything that you can remember about how it occurred. Take photos of the area where the incident happened and make a note of anyone who was a witness. Understanding exactly how the injury occurred will help your doctor diagnose and treat your condition.
Your Visit to the Doctor
Whether you visit the emergency room or your regular physician, there are a few things you must remember to discuss with the medical team. Make certain that the reason for your visit is clear. The doctor should state in your medical record that you were injured on the job. State your symptoms clearly and precisely.
Do not include any other medical issues that are not related to the accident. This will only muddy the waters and make your workers’ compensation claim more complicated. Ask any questions that you have and write down the answers along with any other details about your care.
Follow the doctor’s orders that are given. If you are prescribed medication take it as intended. If you are told to stay off your feet, for example, you need to be vigilant in doing so. Some injuries require follow-up care and an exam should be done to verify how the injury is healing. Obtain a note from the doctor that provides details about your injury and how long you will be expected to be out of work.
The type and severity of injury will determine the course of treatment. Surgery is necessary in some instances while other times rest and rehabilitation are required. The doctor may request that you schedule another appointment to examine your recovery progress and reassess the injury. This is essential because if you fail to follow doctor’s orders it could make the healing process slower or more difficult. Your claim could be scrutinized because you failed to do what you were told by the medical professional.
Workers’ compensation claims can be complex. It is helpful to seek guidance from our legal team at The Bader Law Firm to discuss your case today.