No one wants to be the victim of an accident on the job, but your ability to respond quickly and know your rights is a great way to protect yourself. You may not understand the full scope of your rights and responsibilities, but there is a lot pending for your future in terms of your claim. Make sure you follow the steps below to protect the integrity of your claim.
Tell Your Employer Right Away
Even if you think your injuries are minor, you need to inform your employer right away about the accident. If you fail to tell your employer that an accident occurred, you may jeopardize your ability to recover workers’ compensation down the line. Telling your employer about the accident does not obligate you to file a claim later, but it’s an important first step should you realize later on that your injuries are more serious than you thought.
Attend all Medical Appointments
You might think that your injuries are not serious enough to prompt ongoing medical attention, but you should also know that some of the most problematic medical issues may not be readily apparent. You might not know until after seeing a doctor that you are suffering from a back or neck problem that could make working impossible, for example. Make sure you attend all scheduled medical appointments, especially if it’s the doctor chosen by your employer or the employer’s insurance company.
The basis of your workers’ compensation claim relies on evidence from doctors. This means keeping your own notes about your medical appointments and what was said, what medications were given, and any recommendations from the doctor about what to do next. This information could prove important if you need outside help with your workers’ compensation claim. If your claim is denied, for example, you may need to present this information to your workers’ compensation lawyer.
A lot is on the line when you have a workplace injury. Never minimize the potential impact that an injury can have on your future. Scheduling a consultation with a lawyer can help you with any other steps that may be involved.