After an on-the-job injury, you are entitled to compensation for your medical expenses and lost wages through workers’ compensation. Read on to find out what you should do if injured on the job in order to claim the benefits you deserve.
Notify a supervisor:
As soon as possible after you have been injured, notify a supervisor. Though you have 45 days to report your injury, it is in your best interest to do so sooner rather than later so you can begin medical treatment or be compensated for lost wages as soon as possible.
Seek medical treatment:
Your supervisor may provide you with a list of physicians covered under your employer’s workers’ compensation plan. You should choose a doctor from this list and see him for any medical treatment you require.
File a workers’ compensation claim:
Keep records of your medical treatment and any time you miss from work in order to file a complete workers’ compensation claim. If you need reimbursement for missed work, you will receive two-thirds of your normal pay. Following official workers’ compensation procedures will ensure that you get the compensation you need.
Consider a third-party claim:
If your injury was the result of a defective product, chemical exposure, or another hazard that can be attributed to someone other than your employer, you may have grounds for a third-party lawsuit. Though you cannot sue your employer for damages, you may be able to sue the third party for additional compensation.
Contact an attorney:
Before filing a third-party lawsuit or taking further legal action, consult a workers’ compensation attorney for advice and assistance. Though you may think you can handle the process on your own, you should always contact an attorney if you have any difficulties and to ensure you get the financial compensation you need.
If you’ve been injured at work, call (773) 779-9885 to schedule an appointment with a workers’ compensation attorney at McCready, Garcia & Leet, P.C. With more than 10 years of experience, our attorneys can provide the legal advice you need to obtain compensation.
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