Hurt at Work? ACT NOW—Timing is crucial
Injured employees who wait too long will lose all rights, including the rights to money compensation, disability benefits, & healthcare.
REPORT THE INJURY IMMEDIATELY
When injured at work, immediately report the injury in writing to the employer. Workers comp laws in Florida, Texas, and other states require injured workers to file the state's version of “First Report of Work Injury or Illness.” This form should be completed as soon as possible after a workplace injury. If you aren't sure whether you filed such a form, ask a workers comp lawyer. Our workplace lawyers can help you create a record, particularly important if you reported the injury correctly but your employer failed to offer you the form.
OBTAIN MEDICAL TREATMENT
Often insurance companies and employers try to force injured workers to see to go a “doc in the box” and imply that the hurt worker must stay with the assigned physician. If you have a workers comp claim, you have some right to an independent doctor to review and treat your injuries. The Consumer Justice Group can offer a free review of your medical records. Also, you have the right to a second opinion if the doctor your insurance company selected orders you back to work before you're ready to return. Most of the time, workers comp victims have a choice of physicians who are not in practice together.
WORKERS COMP PAYMENT WHILE OFF WORK
If a physician takes you off work, you may be entitled to temporary disability payments. That money is based on several factors most significantly the rate of pay you received when you before you were injured at work. Workers are also entitled to compensation payments for any permanent disabilities suffered from an on-the-job injury. Those payments are available even if the workplace injury did not permanently disable the worker. Examples of permanent partial disabilities are back injuries, head injuries, and brain injuries.
OBTAIN LAWYER REPRESENTATION ASAP
Contact an attorney who knows the workers compensation law as soon as possible. Workers comp law is often complex and confusing. Unless you have a workers compensation attorney who knows the state law, you may miss important deadlines for filing or you may lose your right to bring a comp claim. Do not wait to contact the Consumer Justice Group for an experienced workers comp lawyer already helping clients receive compensation for their injuries.
TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE. DON'T LET MISSING A DEADLINE PREVENT YOU FROM GETTING THE WORKERS COMPENSATION BENEFITS YOU DESERVE.
The Workers' Rights News is a service of the Consumer Justice Group.