Filing lawsuits against employers have been a common occurrence during instances when an employee becomes involved in a work-related accident. Evidently, this kind of happening ultimately stains the image of the business itself and thus, ultimately affecting its business operation and compromising its success altogether. In order to avoid this from happening to any other business, the workers’ compensation has been implemented in order to protect both the employer’s business and the employee who has been injured.
In 2016 alone, there have been 2.9 million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses obtained by employees, so how can you truly protect yourself and acquire the compensation that you deserve? Here are steps on how you can get your workers’ compensation from your employers:
- As soon as the injury happens, report it to your supervisor
A lot of people make the mistake of reporting the injury a week after they obtain it and this, in itself, decreases your believability because, by that time, your wounds may have healed up already, your bruises might have lightened up, and maybe your overall injury may not sound convincing enough to your supervisor and may find it more as an excuse.
The very moment you’ve obtained your injury, make sure you inform your supervisor right away so they stay on top of things. This is also so they can give you the form that you’re required to fill up in order for you to get your compensation.
- Visit your healthcare provider
Visiting your health care provider is part of your duty as an injured employee, this is to make sure that every injury that you have obtained will be checked on, will be treated, and shall be written and included in your medical report which you’ll be submitting with your compensation claim.
It’s part of your duty as an injured employee to heed to your doctor’s advice in order for you to reach the maximum medical improvement (MMI). Any sign that tells your employers that you didn’t follow your doctor’s advice, didn’t take the right medicine and sabotaged your own recovery can fully prohibit you from allowing you to obtain a workers’ compensation.
- Obtain all pieces of evidence that can help support your claim
It’s much better to show medical evidence in order to help support your claim and to solidify your claim altogether. That is why you have to check your overall condition with your healthcare provider and collect the following:
- Medical report
- Prescribed medicines
- Hospital Bills
- Out-of-pocket costs
- Therapy costs
The company that you are working for should be able to fully compensate or reimburse the costs that you have spent on your recovery. Any negligence on their part in this responsibility is a sign of violating the workers’ compensation.
- Attend the trial
A proper hearing can be arranged in order to fully clarify how you obtained your injury and whether or not it qualifies as a valid injury as some considerations can determine whether or not your injury is something that should still be under the workers’ compensation or not. Here are some of the key points:
- Your injury should be obtained while you were accomplishing a work-related task
- You weren’t under any influence of drugs or alcohol as you obtained your injury
- Your injury claim is within the statute of limitations
- You have not sabotaged your own
In order for you to fully rake in the benefits of a workers’ compensation, you should be able to follow all those steps to make sure that everything goes as smooth as possible. As long as you provide your employers everything that they need to prove the believability of your injury, you should be able to get the proper compensation for your injury.
Timothy is a budding law writer who enjoys reading about the current happenings in the legal field. He’s currently applying his law knowledge into his works, which he hopes can be beneficial to his readers. He spends time with his friends and swimming in his spare time.