7 Need-to-Know Tips for Dealing Workplace Injury

Have you gotten injured on the job? Are you wondering what you should do?

Dealing with a workplace injury isn’t easy. You are in pain and feeling confused and anxious about the future.

Yet getting injured at work doesn’t have to be a tragedy. If you take the right steps, you could be recovering from injuries and getting your life back on track in no time.

Here’s what you need to know.

1. Report Your Injury

If you’re injured at work or while while in the course and scope of your employment, make sure you report the injury immediately to your supervisor. Your employer may require you to fill out a worker’s compensation claim form at the time of your injury. Check with your HR department for more detailed information.

2. Seek Medical Help Immediately

Make sure you go to a medical professional immediately to seek help for your injuries. You may, for example, have injured your back and neck and need to begin physical therapy right away. 

It’s important to hold onto any documentation you have of your first medical visit. This could include your doctor’s bill, diagnosis, or prescription for drugs. These will serve as important evidence of the seriousness of your injury later on.

3. Take Photos And Preserve Evidence

If you know that your employer won’t penalize you for taking out your phone, take photos at the accident location that will document and support your case. You may want to photograph faulty machinery or your injury right after it happened.

Photo evidence is compelling and can help eliminate any questions about the accident, it’s location, and your injuries.

4. Examine Your Worker’s Comp Benefits

After you report your injury or fill out a worker’s compensation claim form, it’s your employer’s job to file a worker’s compensation claim with their insurance on your behalf. You’re entitled to a copy of the documentation.

Your worker’s comp insurance will cover the cost of immediate care, including a visit to the emergency room. It should also reimburse you for other medical expenses, such as surgery, hospital stays, physical therapy and prescriptions. 

Your worker’s compensation insurance claim will also cover ongoing care required to recuperate from your injury and should also cover your wages you miss while you’re recovering from your accident. 

5. Contact a Worker’s Compensation Lawyer

There are times when your claim will be denied or disputed. The benefit amount that you receive from worker’s compensation may not be enough to cover the ongoing cost of your care and rehabilitation. There may be a dispute of any claim for permanent injuries.  When this is the case, it’s time to contact a qualified worker’s compensation lawyer to help you recover what you are entitled to.

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5 Common Worker’s Compensation Claim Myths

worker who is working and may get injured on the jobAlong with the pain and inconvenience of a workplace injury, there are a million emotions and misunderstandings that come with being injured at work. We’ve talked to clients who have been hurt at work, heard their worries, and have assisted them through some of the most difficult worker’s compensation issues. Unfortunately, the situation can be complicated when they receive incorrect worker’s compensation information; that’s why we’ve compiled a list of common workplace injury myths that can hinder the progress of the workman’s compensation process—and the resolution.

Myth: Your employer has to make a mistake or act negligently for you to have a worker’s compensation claim.

A workman’s compensation claim stems from any injury received while working; your employer does not need to make an error for a claim to be made. To that end, report any injury that occurs on the job, such as a wound or back injury, even if you think it may heal on its own.

Myth: I have to file a claim.

A worker’s only responsibility is to report the injury to their employer and seek medical attention (more information can be found on the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development website). Keep all paperwork related to the injury, including paperwork received from the doctor or healthcare facility and healthcare provider. From there, the employer should file a claim with their insurance provider or claim administrator.

Myth: I’m going to lose my job because of an injury.

This is one of the most common worker’s compensation myths—and a misunderstanding that can slow down the recovery process. Put simply, many workers work through the pain because they think that they can lose their job because of their injury. However, employers are not allowed to retaliate against an employee for any reason, including a worker’s compensation claim. In Wisconsin, an employer must have a reason for refusing to rehire a worker to their previous or another appropriate position. (A local, experienced lawyer can give you more information about what an employer can or can’t do when an injured worker can’t work for a period of time.)

Myth: There’s nothing I can do if I am denied coverage.

After an injury, it’s common for the insurance company to initially cover medical expenses and all related expenses. In certain circumstances, however, the insurance companies require employees to submit to an “independent medical examination,” which often results in discontinued coverage. The insurer is unlikely to continue to cover expenses unless a hearing is requested with Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development. (This is another reason to contact a lawyer to assist with the worker’s compensation process.)

Myth: I have to sue my employer to get compensation.

An employee needs to report an injury; there is no lawsuit involved to get compensation. Typically, an employee reports the injury and seeks medical attention. The employer contacts the insurance carrier or claim administrator. Typically, the insurance company compensates the employee; if there are any complications throughout the process, a local experienced lawyer can assist with a favorable resolution.

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