Getting injured on the job is like filing a claim on a home that has been damaged by a natural disaster – one wrong move could cost you thousands of dollars as well as wasted time. Although you’ll be tempted to take action right away and file a workers comp claim, your best course of action is seek wise legal counsel and get good advice as well as make smart decisions that will place you in a good position regardless of how long you sustain your injuries.
Below is a simple guide to help get you started. If you have any questions about workers comp, you can also contact our offices. We are here to help you through the process of applying for and securing workers compensation without all the hassle.
Do Not Hesitate to Tell Your Boss
When you get hurt on the job, the very first step to take is to report it to your boss. The longer you wait, the more difficult it becomes to recount all the details of the incident. Tell your boss everything that occurred during that moment of injury. Try to not to leave out any specifics. The more he can report, the stronger your case will be when the time comes to file a claim with worker’s comp.
Do Not Rely on Verbal Communication
If your boss is properly trained and honest, then he or she will want to document incident by writing it down. If you don’t see your supervisor reaching for a pen and paper, then it’s up to you to insist that everything written down so that there is no discrepancy in the report down the road. Ask for an exact copy of the initial report and make sure to double check what was written down. The last thing you want to do is turn your claim into a case of he said, she said.
Avoid Filing a WC Claim Without Legal Representation
There’s an old saying: You don’t know what you don’t know. When it comes to workers comp, what you don’t know can cost you. This is why your very first move beyond reporting the incident at work should be to seek legal counsel from a seasoned and licensed attorney. A worker’s comp specialist can navigate you through the claims procedure and ensure that you and your family are taken care of through your difficult time.
Avoid Accepting the Company’s Physician as Being the Final Word
It is perfectly acceptable for you to get a second opinion on your injuries (and suggested that you use your own doctor instead). Doing so can validate or challenge the original report from the company’s doctor. If you have a family physician or need to find a specialist, then find one that is in your insurance company’s network. Make sure that the doctor is aware that your injury is job-related. Have him or her fill out as many details about the injury as possible. Whatever you do, don’t delay getting medical help. It could weaken your case as well as intensify your wound.
Avoid ‘Covering the Accident Up’
Some employers or management will do anything to avoid a costly injury settlement. They may even bribe you. No matter how tempting the offer, do not give in and settle under the table. Here’s why: First, it’s against the law. According to state regulations, job-related injuries have to be accurately and thoroughly reported. Second, you’ll make it more difficult for the next employee who gets hurt. Third, you are now a candidate for extortion, which your boss can use as leverage in the future. Your best policy is to report what happened exactly as it happened. After all, accidents will occur in the workplace from time to time regardless of how careful everyone is.
To File a Workers Compensation Claim, Contact Bruce Edwards, Attorney-At-Law
The Bruce Edwards Law Firm has built a reputation in Douglas, Georgia as an honest and dedicated worker’s compensation attorney. We have helped numerous clients in the area get the compensation they need from job-related injuries without all the headache of going through the red tape. Call us today at 912-384-5700 and let us represent you.