If you have been injured on the job, you may be wondering how to file a workers compensation claim in order to recoup some of the money you spent on medical bills or lost while taking time off work. You are eligible for workers compensation benefits as long as you were clocked in at work when you were injured and you were following the best practices outlined in your employee handbook.
Here is a guide on how to file a workers compensation claim.
Get Medical Care
Get medical care as soon as possible after the injury occurs. Even if you do not think you need to see a doctor, pay a visit all the same. It is often necessary to provide a professional diagnosis when you file your benefits claim.
Inform Your Employer
You should also inform your employer that you were injured on the job. In most cases, your employer will be the one to complete your workers' compensation claim form. Work closely with him or her to make sure that all paperwork is submitted in a timely manner.
Contact Your Workers Compensation Office
In the unlikely case that your employer refuses to cooperate and file a claim, contact your local Workers Compensation Office. Each state has a separate office, so check local listings to find yours.
File a Separate Claim
Not every state requires that the worker file a separate claim, but many do. Your employer should provide you with the form you need to fill out to file your claim. If they do not, consult your local Workers Compensation Office for a copy. The form requires basic information on the nature of your job and the extent of your injury.
In most cases you should receive an adequate amount of benefits after you file your claim. However, in some instances, you and your employer may disagree about how much you are owed. In cases like these, a workers compensation attorney can be a great help in maximizing your benefits. Call 800.722.9744 today to make an appointment for a FREE consultation to learn how to file a workers compensation claim at the Law Offices of Marc J. Shuman & Associates, LTD.