When you get hurt at work, you might feel as though you have just been thrown into a situation that deals with laws you don’t quite understand. It’s true, there will be several issues to navigate. It starts with filling out forms and then it gets a lot more complicated from that point on. And even though no two situations are alike when it comes to work-related injuries, the steps you should follow will always be the same. Maroney, Williams, Weaver and Pancake, your workers compensation firm in Charleston, offer the steps you need to take if you get hurt at work.
Report the Injury
A workplace injury should be reported to your supervisor right away. While you may have a certain amount of time before you have to report it, it is best to do it as soon as you possibly can.
Seek Medical Care
No matter how minor you think the injury is, you need to seek medical attention right away. There are plenty of instances when workers refused treatment because they thought the injury to be trivial and then suffered complications. Some even died.
You also need to inform your healthcare worker that your injury was work-related.
Keep a Diary
Keep written track of the number of days you missed work due to the injury and all other details. For example, keep track of mileage to and from medical facilities where you were being treated and definitely keep track of expenses, including over-the-counter products you might be taking.
Write Down the Events of the Day You Were Injured
Write down a very detailed summary of what happened the day of your injury. Include as many details as you can think of including who may have witnessed it. Get contact information from anybody who was involved in the incident or who may have seen it.
It will be much easier to answer questions when you are interviewed about the incident at a later date.
Get an Attorney
An attorney can provide assistance in every step of the worker’s compensation process. Hiring a lawyer will help you in several ways. Your attorney will protect your rights and assist in gathering evidence that will help prove your claim.
As we mentioned before, there will be a lot of paperwork to fill out. Worker’s compensation claims require a lot of paperwork and you don’t want to fill all of that out on your own, especially if you really don’t know what you are doing. In addition, this paperwork will have deadlines that if not met could hurt your case substantially.
And should you get denied, an attorney will help you through the appeals process.
Maroney, Williams, Weaver & Pancake, PLLC has been in operation for over forty years. We are proud to be a fixture in the West Virginia legal community and strive to uphold the highest standards of professionalism in our dealings with clients, the court system, and our colleagues. Give us a call today.