If you are injured while on the job and are looking to get workers’ compensation, it may prove to be more challenging than expected. Many employers will avoid granting compensation, especially if the injured party lacks sufficient evidence.
You may have a greater chance of having your injury recognized and qualify for compensation when you follow the following procedure.
1. Report your injury immediately.
Report all injuries at work to your employer immediately and request medical treatment, if needed. If you neglect to report the injury within 90 days of the accident, you may lose your benefits. Although you must report the injury within 90 days, you have up to two years to file a claim for benefits.
2. Hire a lawyer.
From the moment you are injured, there are many missteps that could jeopardize your case. That’s why it’s helpful to have a personal injury attorney on your side. Hiring a professional to file your injury claim could help you avoid costly mistakes. And you could have a better chance of receiving compensation.
In the event that your case is pursued in court, the workers' compensation commissioners conduct a hearing to resolve disputes between you, your legal representative, and your employer's representative.
Your attorney may apply for a hearing if your employer does not report your accident, denies your injury by accident, or if you believe that you did not receive all of your benefits.
3. Seek medical treatment.
You are entitled to all necessary medical treatment that is likely to lessen your disability. Workers' compensation generally pays for surgery, hospitalization, medical supplies, prosthetic devices, and prescriptions.
Keep in mind that in order to receive these benefits you must go to the doctor chosen by your employer or their insurance representative. If you are unhappy with your doctor or treatment received, you can talk to the insurance carrier and see if he or she will allow you to go to another doctor. Otherwise, you can work with your personal injury attorney to request a hearing.
You could potentially jeopardize your workers’ comp claim by trying to handle things yourself. Richard Smith at Smith Injury Lawyers PA has been practicing law specifically in personal injuries and workers’ compensation for over 30 years. Call (864) 236-5530 to schedule a free consultation.
Disclaimer: Principle office is located at 1210 Laurens Rd, Greenville, SC 29607. No fee unless the case is settled or won, costs may be excluded.
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