workers compensationIf you get hurt on the job, sometimes it can be difficult to take the right steps to protect your legal rights. But how do you make sure you will be able to get the full compensation for your injuries? The most important thing to do is to get properly treated by a doctor or nurse immediately. If your injuries or illness is especially severe, go to the hospital.

Then what should you do?

Report It

While it’s hard to ignore an injury that puts you in the emergency room, not all workplace injuries will be so obvious. Some stress injuries take years to manifest.

At the first sign of a work-related injury, condition, or illness, you should report it to a supervisor (or a company nurse if you have one). However, don’t just verbally report the injury. Write out a letter detailing your condition and submit it,making it clear that it was caused by work.

Make Sure an Accident Report Was Filled Out

Your supervisor is responsible for preparing a formal report, and if they don’t you will need to take steps to make sure it gets submitted.

Get Your Own Copy of the Accident Report

If you need to file a workers compensation claim, it is important that you have all of your documents in order before you do. The last thing you want is red tape to prevent you from getting the medical treatment and pay that you deserve.

Find Out If You Have to Go Through a Company Doctor

Read the fine print and find out if you have to see a particular company doctor in order to have your treatment properly paid for. If you aren’t receiving proper care from the company doctor, contact workers comp lawyers who have experience in your industry. Remember, you have the right to seek out effective medical care.

Have Bills Sent To Your Employer

If you do go to that company doctor, make sure that they are sending the bills straight to your employer for payment.

Call a Workers Compensation Lawyer

If you are being denied proper treatment, or if you aren’t being compensated for time, work, and pay lost during your recovery, then it’s time to call a qualified workers compensation lawyer.

In 2013 alone there were more than 327,000 job-related sprains, rips, and tears, but not all injuries heal so quickly. Don’t let your injury or illness go uncompensated.

If you’ve been injured on the job in Phoenix, contact our Arizona workers compensation law firm right away.