What to Do if You Have Been Injured in a Workplace AccidentBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on October 13, 2014 | In Workplace Injury
In the event of a workplace accident, your employer must provide workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits can help you recover both physically and financially. California employees must report their injury or illness to their employer as soon as possible. The employer must then provide a workers’ compensation form as well as a notice of potential eligibility, which will break down how, when and where the injury took place.
Once you have notified your employer of the accident and your injuries, it would be in your best interest to obtain prompt medical treatment. This will increase your chances of a full recovery and it will also help document the severity of your injuries. It is advisable to speak with your employer before going to the doctor, as some insurance policies allow employers to choose what doctors and facilities are covered.
After receiving a diagnosis and treatment from an agreed upon medical professional, it is important that you inform your employer about when you intend to return to work. All absences related to the work accident must be included on an Absence and Additional Time Worked Report form. It will also be critical during this time to continue to see a doctor and to include his or her notes in the report.
If you notify your employer of your injury, seek out medical attention from a designated care provider and report your lost wages, you should be able to receive support through workers’ compensation benefits. A successful workers’ compensation claim can result in financial compensation for medical expenses, a portion of lost wages and disability benefits, depending on the severity of the injury. Contact an experienced California workers’ compensation attorney to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.