Getting injured at work is a pain, literally and figuratively Not only will back, shoulder, neck, or other injured areas physically hurt, but getting the worker’s compensation benefits you are entitled to can be a pain in the you-know-what. That can be particularly true if you have an employer who is hesitant to make payments, because they have a tight budget or disagree about the cause or extent of an injury. So if you get hurt at work and are concerned about getting the proper workers’ compensation, make sure to take all of these steps:

  • If a specific accident leads to injury, be sure to report it right away. Let your supervisor know what exactly happened and how it lead to an injury, and be clear. That could help avoid a lot of problems and confusion in the long run.
  • Make sure your employer has formally filed an accident report. If they haven’t, then write a letter with the details of what happened and have the employer sign it. Having a paper trail will help your case later on.
  • If you get hurt at work, you might not want to worry about filling up folders and spending time getting organized. But making copies of all paperwork you receive and keeping them safe is smart for safeguarding yourself against your employer losing it.
  • Many workers who have dangerous jobs are union members, and if you are part of a union, then you’ll have to let the shop steward know as well. Some unions have their own workers’ compensation attorneys and rules, and they could be quite helpful.
  • Continue to follow up with your doctor while you are out of work. Specific cases will vary, but you will usually need a check up every 45 or 90 days. Reports generated by the doctor are what you’ll need to continue proving that your injury is preventing you from going to work.
  • At times, the doctor might clear you to return to work but put you on “light duty.” If that occurs, get a detailed list of things you can and can’t do, and share that list with your supervisor, so that you aren’t asked to do tasks that will put you at risk for further injury.
  • If you’ve taken all these steps on your own and are not receiving payments, it might be time to hire a lawyer. They will have the training and experience needed to carefully evaluate your situation and help you get the compensation you deserve.

If you get hurt at work, the first thing you should be concerned about is getting healthy. Unfortunately, if you have bills to pay, then receiving workers’ compensation benefits is always a must. Although it may seem like a hassle, taking the proper steps is important for getting the money you need.

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