Facing the Reality of Your Workers' Compensation Case

After being injured in the workplace it is only natural that the injured party may not feel like dealing with a lot of paperwork, and talking to their employer. They may fear being punished because of the accident, and worry about having to miss work because they are injured. And later, once they are receiving benefits it might seem tempting to just sit back and let the benefits come in. However, if you have been injured in the workplace and file a worker’s compensation claim there are things you are still responsible for, things that must be done, and of which you should be aware.

See A Doctor Right Away

If you are ever injured at work it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible, even if you do not think the injury was that serious. There are many injuries that will not hinder your ability to work immediately but a few weeks or even years later can start causing serious problems. The doctor will be able to assess the damage, tell you if there is any need to worry, and later, when you file your claim, the doctor will be able to help support your claim that you were injured at work.

File All Paperwork On Time

When you are filing your claim it is very important that you turn in every paper on time and to the right office or person. There is nobody else who is going to claim responsibility for making sure you get your claim, so it is your own responsibility to make sure everything gets taken care of. After you receive your claim, you will still be expected to turn in reports and other papers, and these too must be filed on time.

Keep Seeing The Doctor

After you file your worker’s compensation claim you will be ask to see another doctor, for a second opinion on your case, and then another to supervise your recovery. It is very important that you attend these and any other appointments scheduled for you. If you fail to make it to even a single medical appointment, this absence can result in your employers insurance company claiming that you are medically non-compliant, which can result in your benefits being revoked. If that happens you will be expected to resume your work duties regardless of injuries or to file an appeal with your states worker’s compensation board.

The Injured Employee Must Follow Every Doctors Order

After you file a claim the doctor who is selected to supervise your medical recovery will most likely assign you physical therapy or other specialist treatment. Regardless of what the treatment is, it is important that you attend as failure to do so can again result in you being declared medically non-compliant, as well as hindering your ability to make a full and speedy recovery.

Physical therapy is assigned to most injured employees by their primary care physician. While it may not seem worth it to an injured employee with something relatively minor like a sprain or a broken limb, the physical therapist will structure a treatment plan which will aid the employee in recover from their injuries and help them to recover use of the injured body parts.

Do Not Get Caught Aggravating You’re Injuries

After being injured it will be tempting to attempt to go back to normal life activities as quickly as possible. It is important, however, that you never do anything that might be construed as aggravating your injuries. Even if you feel fully healed, until your doctor gives you a final clearance to return to work, any physical activities undertaken by you can be used by the insurance company to show that you were not really injured and cause your benefits to be revoked.