You don’t have to have a high risk job to receive a work-related injury. You never know when an accident can occur. During 2013, there were more than 4,400 occupational injuries in the United States. Since most accidents are unexpected, workers often have little or no knowledge about what to do when they are injured or become ill as a result of exposure on the job. These tips will help prepare you for any unexpected accidents so that you don’t end up without any income for bills or medical treatment.
• Even if an injury seems minor at the time, inform your employer immediately and fill out an accident report. Be completely honest about the details of the injury. Even though the accident may have resulted from your own negligence, you may still qualify for workers’ compensation. If you are unsure of any of the details, put that in the report.
• See a workers compensation doctor for your injuries. Although you may initially be required to see a company doctor to evaluate your condition, follow up quickly with an experienced workers compensation doctor who is experienced in diagnosing and treatment common injuries related to accidents and who has an in-depth knowledge of the related workers compensation forms.
• Hire a workers’ compensation attorney to manage your case. Not only do you need someone to fight for you, but also someone who knows the laws related to filing a claim. Companies will often fight employees’ injury claims because it increases their charges for insurance coverage.
• If there were any witnesses to your accident, collect all of their information including names, phone numbers and addresses. If your workers compensation attorney needs information to represent you, you will need to be able to supply all of the evidence pertinent to your case.
• Limit discussions about the accident with your workers compensation doctor. Often, where there is a workers comp case, the employer will use others to try and gather information that will help them prove your claim of an injury is not legitimate. Since it is difficult to tell which people who are talking to you are on your side and those working for your employer, limit discussing your injuries and treatment with your workers compensation doctor and let your attorney do your talking for you.
• Always follow through with all of the advice given to you by your workers compensation doctor. Keep all of your appointments and take prescribed medications. Otherwise, your employer may claim that your injury is not as severe as you claimed or that you were injured at all.
Colorado Clinic offers Colorado patients in Boulder, Greely and Loveland Counties with first rate treatment for their workers compensation claim. Their workers compensation doctor is Double Board Certified in Colorado, offering more than up-to-date treatment options that will relieve pain and improve function so they can enjoy a pain-free life and return to their job. Just as importantly, the professionals at Colorado Clinic excel at handling the administrative paperwork need to make your workers compensation injury claim. They offer exceptional treatment to patients with Colorado State or federal workers compensation claims.