Next Steps To Take After A Workers’ Compensation Injury

January 14th, 2014 at 3:52 pm

If you find yourself injured on the job, you must take certain steps immediately following the injury in order to protect yourself.

The first step is to report your injury to your employer. In order to do this, you can provide verbal or written notice about the accident with details like where the accident occurred, and the approximate date of the injury. Make sure that you keep copies of all the relevant documents for your case, as you may need these later on to present to your workers’ compensation attorney.

work injury claim IMAGESome injured employees might hesitate to file a work injury claim because of fear of retaliation. Employers are prohibited from retaliating against you for either an official claim or your discussion of a possible claim.

Because there are strict time limits for reporting your injury, you need to ensure that you follow through on the reporting process. You need to let your employer know as soon as possible, but no later than 45 days after the accident has occurred. If you delay reporting the injury to your employer, you might experience a delay in benefit payments.

At this stage, the employer has to let the workers’ compensation administrative professional or the insurance carrier know about the accident.

Depending on what accident has occurred, the benefits payment process and length can be different. If you are awarded a rating of permanent partial disability by a physician, for example, the location of the injury will have a significant impact on the schedule of recovery covered under workers’ compensation.

One of the most important things you can do for your case, especially if you feel that your employer is retaliating against you in any way as a result of your claim, is to hire legal counsel. If you have been the victim of an injury on the job, contact an Illinois workers’ compensation attorney immediately to have your rights represented.



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