REPORT YOUR INJURY TO A SUPERVISOR IMMEDIATELY
Once you sustain an injury, the first thing you need to do is notify your employer or a supervisor immediately. You need to note the date, time, and circumstances of your injury. If you’re too several injured to do so yourself, your coworkers should make sure to notify supervisors of the details until you’re able to do so yourself.
What if your injury is an illness that’s developed over time? Once you’re diagnosed with a work-related illness, you need to report your diagnosis to your employer or supervisor.
CONSULT A WORKERS’ COMPENSATION ATTORNEY
You may trust your employer to do the right thing, but do you trust their insurance carrier? When you file for workers’ compensation benefits, tour employer will undoubtedly have the benefit of trained legal counsel, and their insurance company will fight tooth and nail to limit the compensation you deserve. Even if your claim is straight forward, you should consult with an attorney to ensure that your rights are protected. Many workers’ compensation attorneys are willing to work on a contingency basis, meaning they don’t receive payment until you receive your benefits. Also, attorney fees in workers’ compensation cases must be approved by a judge or the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board.
DOCUMENT YOUR INJURIES
Your condition could change from day to day, which is why it’s important obtain evidence of your injury. Take photos of your injury and ask your doctor to take detailed notes of your treatment and recovery. Documentation could be a valuable tool in obtaining the benefits you’re entitled to.
Safeguarding your future is as simple as following these three simple rules. Insurance companies and your employer may try to dispute your claims, but if you report your injury immediately, consult an attorney, and document your injuries, you’ll be your own advocate.