You get along well with everyone at work, from your colleagues to your boss, and his or her boss. So well, in fact, you may be reluctant to file a report when you get hurt on the job. You don’t want to cause trouble for the people you like, and that’s admirable. That would also be a mistake—just ask any competent work injury attorney.
Workers’ compensation laws were enacted for your protection, and to make sure employers can’t wiggle out of paying up when they’ve failed to provide adequate preventive training and workplace safety measures. Sure, your boss may like you personally and be satisfied with your job performance. Once you file an injury claim, however, you’ll find out who your real friends are on the job.
Even if you trust your employer to do right by you, it makes sense to be aware of what you need to do and your deadlines in order to cover your legal basis. That’s why there’s no better protector to have on your side than a qualified work injury attorney.
What should you do when you’ve suffered a work-related injury?
• Report the incident. In most if not all incidents, you have a very narrow window of time to report your injury. So even if your back strain or twisted ankle seems minor, don’t wait to report it to your boss and/or human resources department. A delay could end up hurting you more.
• Check the bureau of workers’ compensation website for your state. While each state is slightly different, the website should have the proper procedures and forms listed.
• Retain a work injury attorney. If all the procedures, forms, and rules seem overwhelming—and they probably will—don’t wait to contact a work injury lawyer to not only guide you through the process but relieve you of some of the burdens so you can concentrate on getting well and getting back to work.
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