What to think about when filing a worker's compensation claim
If you get injured on the job, you are entitled to worker's compensation for most injuries that you get while working. However, the procedure when filing a worker's compensation claim can be complicated. Delays in payments are not that uncommon, and in a worst case scenario, you might not receive any compensation at all. In order to make sure your claim is filed properly and that it's handled correctly for the errand to run as smooth as possible, there are a few things you should think about.
Go to the doctor
The first thing you need to do when you've gotten injured at your workplace is that you need to go see a doctor. You should do this as soon as possible after the injury has occurred so that the doctor can comprehend and document the extent of the injury for your future compensation claim. Make sure you get access to all documents regarding your visit so that you can prove that you were there at that time. You should also ask the doctor for a written confession about the degree of your injury and what they think the cause might have been. You might also want to take pictures of your injury. In most cases, this won't be needed later during the handling of the claim, but if it was to come to a dispute, this material can help you.
Notify the employer
You also need to notify your employer about your injury as soon as possible. Tell them how you got the injury and that you've sought out treatment for it. Also notify them if you'll be taking any time off work. If you already from the beginning know that you will have to seek worker's compensation claim, you can tell them about that too so that they are prepared for that you'll be seeking compensation for the time you spend away from work and possible further treatments at the hospital.
When you file your claim, you should look for appropriate compensation lawyers in your area and hire one to help you with your claim. Even if it's a clear cut case that neither you nor your employer has any reason to dispute, compensation lawyers are professionals that will speed up the process of the claim with their knowledge in the field and how to handle the case. If it were to come to a dispute, a compensation lawyer that has been with you from the beginning will know more about your case and might be more equipped to help you than a lawyer that you hire first at the sight of trouble.