Injured on the clock? It happens to the best of us.
Find out what to do (and what NOT to do) after a workplace injury, so you can heal up better and amp up your workers' compensation benefits.
See a Workers' Comp Doctor
First things first, your health matters most. If you get hurt at work, seek medical attention ASAP. It not only helps heal up but also creates a medical record that can really help with your workers' comp claim later on. That's why it's best to see a workers' comp doctor with the know-how of dealing with workers' comp cases.
Don't Keep It a Secret: Tell Your Employer
Tell your employer about the injury pronto. Don't procrastinate; there are deadlines for reporting work-related injuries in most states (In New York, it's within 30 days of the injury after you first receive your medical care). Your doctor will send over reports to your employer or its insurance provider.
Time to File Your Claim
Chat with your HR department or workers' comp insurance provider to start your claim process (In New York, it should be within two years from the date of the injury). Your employer is required to submit a C-2 form to the Workers' Compensation board, while you must submit an Employee Claim (C-3) form to the board.
Try Not to Skip Medical Appointments
Follow the treatment plan your doc lays out. If physical therapy or rehabilitation is a part of your treatment, show up for all sessions and follow the prescribed regimen. Track every expense tied to your injury – medical bills, prescriptions, and even travel costs for appointments. These records are your ticket to compensation.
And yeah, keep your employer and the insurance company in the loop about your progress.
Get a Workers' Comp Attorney on Board
If your claim hits a roadblock – whether it's denied or delayed, go on and consult a workers' compensation attorney. They can help you know your legal rights and advocate for the same.
We've got your back! At HEMA, our workers' comp doctors deal with a number of workers' comp cases, so they know the ropes – from your care to your claim. Drop us a line!