How to handle your injury and workers’ compensation claim

| Apr 6, 2017 | Workplace Injuries |

If you recently suffered an injury at work, you’re probably in the process of filing a claim for workers’ compensation. It can be a complicated and drawn out process. However, you shouldn’t give up or get frustrated. It may very well be in your best interests to speak with an experienced Louisiana workers’ compensation attorney.

A lawyer can ensure that you comply with all state requirements for your claim. Your attorney can also help you in a situation where your employer is presenting a different version of what happened before, during or after your workplace injury.

Sometimes, employers will make the questionable decision to alter the information in the report about the accident. Doing so could protect the company against increases in workers’ compensation premiums, but it could also put your coverage at risk. Working with an attorney is of particular importance if your condition worsens after the initial incident or if your employer has a history of trying to block or deny workers’ compensation claims. When you’ve worked hard for your employer and suffered an injury, you deserve coverage from workers’ compensation while you heal.

Tell your boss right away and file your claim promptly

If you have an accident at work, you should immediately advise your manager or supervisor, as well as human resources. It’s critical that you document exactly what happened. Taking video or pictures with your cell phone can help you verify your version of events if your employer contests it. As soon as you’ve advised the necessary people at your place of work, you should seek medical treatment. Sometimes, there may be medical facilities at your workplace. Other times, you will have to go to a hospital for examination or emergency trauma care.

Worker’s compensation should pay for all of your medical costs, so you shouldn’t refuse treatments. Doing so could undermine your claim to future coverage. You should, however, wait to speak with anyone from the insurance company until you’ve had a chance to speak with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney.

Legal advocacy can help you take the necessary steps to ensure your claim will be handled appropriately. If your employer is contesting or disputing your claim, the help of an experienced attorney will be that much more critical to a positive outcome to your injury.

An attorney will fight for what is rightfully yours

As a worker, you should be protected from the loss of income or decreased quality of life that can come with a serious work injury. When you’ve been working hard, you deserve to be protected, medically and financially, in the event of a serious injury.