Did you know that if you should ever be injured on the job, you may be able to collect compensation for medical expenses and lost wages through your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance? While most people are aware that worker’s compensation benefits exist, many do not know what they should do if they are injured at work. If you should ever suffer a work-related injury, there are several steps you must follow to stay in control of the situation and maximize your chances of claim approval.
1. SEEK MEDICAL HELP
If you get hurt on the job, your first priority is to get medical treatment as soon as possible. If your injuries are serious enough to require emergency care, immediately head to the closest medical center or have someone call for an ambulance. For less serious injuries, consult with your employer before seeking medical help. Your employer will likely direct you to a specific medical provider that handles treatment for their workers’ compensation recipients.
Seeing a doctor in a timely manner is crucial to filing a successful claim. Failing to seek medical help promptly can make it difficult to prove that your injuries occurred as a result of your occupation, potentially leading to your claim being denied.
2. TELL YOUR PLACE OF WORK
In the state of Kansas, injured employees must notify their employer of their injuries within 20 days of their accident or injury. If this window of time expires and you have not yet informed your employer, you may lose your right to seek benefits. If you are seeking benefits but are no longer an employee of the company, this timeframe is shortened to 10 days.
Your notice must contain the following information:
- When the accident happened
- Where the accident occurred
- Specifics of the injuries suffered
- Who was involved
This notice can be given in writing or orally. If you choose to orally notify your employer, you must make sure that you tell the correct individual who is designated to handle these claims. Telling anyone else will be insufficient and can lead to a claim denial.
3. START KEEPING DETAILED RECORDS
Once you have told your employer what has happened and you have seen a doctor, it is vital that you keep a thorough set of records regarding all pertinent information about your injury and treatment. This information can prove what happened, who provided you help, and what compensation you are entitled to receive.
Keep notes and make copies of documents including:
- Medical invoices and receipts
- Names of doctors and paramedics who treated you
- Important dates of treatment
- Days that you missed work due to your injury
- Eyewitness testimonies
INJURED? CONTACT ROGER FINCHER ATTORNEY AT LAW
In addition to the above steps, retaining powerful legal representation is crucial to improving your chances of filing a successful workers’ compensation claim. At Roger Fincher Attorney at Law, our Topeka workers’ compensation lawyers are prepared to stand by your side every step of the way and help ensure that your rights are protected. If for whatever reason your claim should be denied, we can use our 20+ years of dedicated legal knowledge to advocate on your behalf and appeal your case in court. Best of all, you will not pay us a dime unless we achieve a positive outcome.
You have nothing to lose – call us at (785) 403-0078 or contact our office online today!