What’s Next After a Work-Related InjuryBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on June 15, 2022 | In Blogs
Any injury that occurs to an employee at the workplace almost certainly makes them eligible for workers’ compensation payments. Almost all employers are obligated by state law to have workers’ compensation insurance in place for their employees.
If you are injured at your workplace, you must notify your supervisor right away. This is the first step in the process of filing for workers’ compensation benefits. Keep copies of all paperwork for your records, and act quickly to avoid any delays in getting your compensation.
What to do if you sustain an injury at work?
- The most essential thing for people to understand is that if they sustain an injury while working in their office/workplace, they should notify their supervisor as soon as possible, preferably in writing.
- Some states demand a written notice to the employer, while others allow verbal notification. Employees should, however, disclose details of the incident to supervisory officials in writing to be safe.
- Because certain states have a limited timeline to file your claims, you should know the applicable period available to you to start the filing process.
- Nevertheless, always start the process as soon as possible to avoid losing any legal claims to workers’ compensation payments.
- If your accident or condition demands it, you should seek medical attention right away.
Are All Companies Covered Under Worker’s Compensation?
Employers are obliged by law to carry workers’ compensation insurance, with a few exclusions such as agricultural laborers, domestic staff, and independent contractors.
If your employer asserts that they do not have workers’ compensation insurance, contact your attorney to seek guidance on how to proceed ahead. You may also contact your state’s labor department or workers’ compensation office (which may be located on the state government agencies page) for more information.
What Is the Procedure for Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim?
Here are a few important things to keep in mind:
- It is a request to claim due benefits, not a litigation case against an employer.
- Notifying your employer comes first and foremost when submitting a claim. Regardless of how the company learns of the injury, they must provide you with a claim form as soon as possible.
- There is no obligation for the employer to give benefits until completion of this claim application. Your workplace should provide you with the necessary claim paperwork.
Do I Require the Services of a Lawyer?
You can seek assistance from an attorney experienced in workers’ compensation cases to expedite your filing and submission process. However, the severity of your case will determine whether you need an attorney or not. If you have any doubts about any aspect of your case, contact a workers’ compensation attorney. You should contact a lawyer to defend you if you are appealing a rejection or facing any hurdles in the process.
In case of any questions or doubts about any aspects of your case, please feel free to contact us. The Kenton Koszdin Law Office, workers’ compensation attorneys in Van Nuys, can help you navigate the application process for the best possible outcome for you and your family. Feel free to consult our legal team for more information and assistance by calling 800-438-7734.