Employers usually have specific rules about how to proceed when someone has been injured on the job. Knowing the proper rules ahead of time will enable you to act accordingly. Some of the measures will be dictated by the employer and others by workers’ compensation laws. Since workers’ compensation laws vary from state to state, it is prudent to consult an attorney to handle a claim when there is loss of employment, excessive medical bills, or when negligence was involved.Regardless of the regulations, the first act when injured in the workplace is to take care of yourself and take steps to avoid more injury. Be sure to get medical attention if the injury warrants it. Next, be sure to put in a claim and notify the employer in a timely fashion to safeguard workers’ compensation benefits.
Sometimes an employer will not properly submit documentation and that can interfere with a claim. Occasionally, claims are properly and timely filed, but are still disputed. This can happen for coverage of medical bills, for wage compensation, or both. When anything goes wrong it is a good idea to seek legal advice from a competent attorney. Start with finding a local attorney through sources such as LawQA.
An attorney will go over the case and discuss the potential for getting the claim approved. They can also assist with situations such as employer workplace safety negligence and cases against other contributory parties.
Lastly, employers are required to allow you to return to work as soon as you are medically able. You may return to the same position as you held before or if there are medical limitations, they must offer reasonable accommodations. An employer cannot discriminate against someone who has filed a claim.