In most states, workers’ comp provides health care and wage replacement benefits to anyone who gets hurt on the job. However, even if you’re entitled to benefits, your actions in the immediate aftermath of an accident can have a significant impact on your claim. Taking the following steps after a workplace accident or work-related injury diagnosis will help your workers’ compensation lawyer protect your interests later.
What to Do After a Workplace Injury
1. Inform Your Employer
Workers’ compensation programs in most states have a very narrow window for when injuries should be reported to your employer. Missing the deadline could make you ineligible for compensation, regardless of the circumstances or severity of your injuries. In Virginia, workers must notify their employer within 30 days and file a claim no later than one year from the date of the accident. The longer you wait, the more difficult it might be to link your condition to the workplace accident. Most lawyers recommend filling out an incident report as soon as possible.
2. Seek Medical Attention
Even if your injuries don’t appear very serious, see a doctor immediately after the accident. While your workers’ comp claim is working through the system, it’s important to make all your doctor’s appointments and follow their recommended treatment program. Doing your physical therapy and taking your medication will show that you’re actively trying to reach maximum medical improvement, so you can return to work.
3. Hire a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
The workers’ comp system is extremely complex with extensive paperwork and multiple deadlines. Your workers’ compensation lawyer will guide you through the process, help protect your rights, and will even argue your case before the board if it becomes necessary to file an appeal.
With over 40 years’ experience and detailed knowledge of the workers’ compensation system, we have the expertise to ensure you get the benefits you deserve. Workplace injuries can be difficult to navigate, but we can help you and will protect your interests from your initial filing until the conclusion of your case. Visit our Locations page to find your nearest office location, and find us on Facebook for more advice and legal tips.