According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, millions of US workers are injured on the job each year. Do you know what to do if you're one of them? Things happen fast, so it's a good idea to know what to do and what not to do from the very beginning.
Report the accident
- Tell your supervisor or human resources department about it immediately
- Get medical attention as soon as possible
- Tell your doctor exactly what happened
- Find out the name of your employer's insurance carrier
- Ask your supervisor or human resources department
- Give your employer the medical no work/restricted work order if your doctor writes one
- Don't give a recorded statement to the workers' compensation insurance carrier
- Don't sign a medical record release authorization form
- Don't talk about your injury or workers compensation claim at work
- Keep a daily log about:
- How you feel, what hurts, etc.
- Any medical treatment or procedure you try
- Names and addresses of all doctors you've seen and the dates
- Notes on any phone calls from insurance agents, doctors, or your employer
- Contact an experienced workers compensation attorney if you have any questions about or problems with your claim
Workers compensation claims can be complicated and frustrating. You can make the process go smoothly and protect your rights if you follow these steps.