- As soon as possible report the injury to a supervisor or Human Resources.
a. The longer you delay in reporting your injury the worse it becomes for your case.
b. Employers need to be notified immediately so they can conduct an investigation quickly.
c. The longer you delay thinking the injury will get better on its own, the greater the likelihood your case
will be put on delay or denied status… So Report every injury immediately no matter how slight.
- If there were any witnesses to your injury get their names and email address.
- Seek Medical attention… if employer sends you to their chosen industrial clinic or if after hours then treat on your own and give the report and bill to the employer.
- If possible and practical take photographs of your injury as close as possible in time to when it occurred. Bruises will disappear in time and a picture is worth a thousand words.
- Your employer will have you fill out a form to initiate the workers compensation claim with their insurance carrier… this form is called a DWC 1. You will fill out the top portion with the date of injury and how it occurred, listing ALL the body parts injured at the time that you are aware of. The employer will send that form to the insurance carrier and you will receive a claims package in the mail from the claims adjuster.
- Many times injured workers only list the main body part giving them the most pain at the time… and later they discover other body parts they failed to list. This is especially common after an motor vehicle accident that a few days later your entire spine hurts when you at first only felt a broken arm.
- Contact a Good workers compensation attorney in your area after you get the package from the insurance adjuster and let them go to work for you right away and set you up with injured worker friendly doctors rather then letting the insurance company pick their doctors for you.
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