What to Do Following an On-the-Job Injury or Illness?
If you are involved in a workplace accident or become ill due the circumstances at your place of employment, you may be entitled to collect workers compensation benefits. However, in order to obtain these benefits, it is imperative that you take the proper steps to ensure that you receive the money you deserve. If you’ve followed these steps and are being denied benefits, you may need the help of our Orlando workers compensation lawyer to correct the situation.
Notify Your Employer
In the event of a non-emergency injury, you should notify your employer about the accident immediately and ask where you should go for treatment. In the event that your employer is not available you should immediately find out the name and phone number of the insurance company that will be handling your claim. A representative of that insurance company should be able to tell you an approved doctor where you can get treatment.
In the event of an emergency, you may seek treatment at the nearest facility and inform your employer as soon as possible. According to Florida law, you have 30 days to notify your employer of any workplace injury. You need to make sure that your employer knows exactly what happened and precisely what injuries you suffered. Be sure he or she also knows what tasks (if any) you are able to complete following your injury and exactly what your constraints are.
Talking to your employer in person is always best, but you should also send a letter or email in addition to having a discussion. Doing this will enable you to keep a record of when you notified your employer and will help you cover all your bases during the course of your claim.
If you work for a subcontractor, give immediate written notice of your accident or occupational disease to your direct employer, as well as your general contractor; and remember, even if the injury or accident seems small, it is important to document and report it. Often times a minor injury can lead to a serious problem at a later date.
See a doctor
As soon as you suspect a work-related injury, you should seek medical attention. You may not realize how serious your injuries are. Besides diagnosing your injury and providing proper care, a doctor’s diagnosis makes a workers’ compensation claim much stronger. In fact, this step is often essential, as you may be required to obtain a doctors report in order to collect the money to which you are entitled. You must receive treatment from a doctor authorized by your employer or the insurance company. If you receive treatment from another doctor, your employer or the insurance company will probably require you see a doctor of their choosing before they will agree to pay you lost wages.
Also, be sure to give the medical professional who provides your treatment a detailed account of your accident and the cause of it. The more thorough your report is, the fewer obstacles you will face when filing a compensation claim.
File a Claim
In Florida, your employer must file notice of your claim to the workers compensation insurance company within seven days after they are aware of your injury. After this step occurs, you will be required to send the insurance company more information.
Consult an Attorney
Workers compensation laws can be incredibly confusing. In Florida the workers compensation laws have been drastically changed since 1989. It is important that you consult an attorney to make sure that the insurance company is not taking advantage of you, or failing to provide you with the benefits that you deserve. The Orlando workers compensation lawyer at Colling, Gilbert, Wright & Carter, we feel that every injured worker has the right to collect workers compensation. We will do everything we can to help you and your family obtain the compensation need and deserve as quickly as possible.
If you were hurt on the job, it is important that you take the proper steps so that you can be fairly compensated for your injury or illness. The experienced Orlando workers compensation lawyer at Colling, Gilbert, Wright & Carter will help you through the claim process so that you can obtain the benefits to which you are entitled. If you live in the Orlando area, please schedule a workers’ compensation consultation today to discuss your case.