Each year millions of workers across the U.S. are injured at work. In fact, the United States Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports that about 2.9 million workers were injured on the job in the year 2016. A large number of these injuries resulted in missed days at work and ongoing therapy to be able to return to work. If you suffer an injury while at work, it is important to understand what you should do and what benefits are available to you. An experienced Warwick workers’ compensation lawyer can help you through the process and may be able to file a Warwick workers’ compensation lawsuit on your behalf. Here are some tips for filing a claim if you are injured while working:
- See a Doctor Right Away. Seeking medical attention for your injury as soon as you can is always a good idea. Make sure you let the doctor know that you were hurt at work and describe exactly how the injury occurred. If you wait too long to be seen, the insurance company might try to deny your workers’ compensation claim.
- Report the Injury to Your Employer. Make sure that your employer knows about the injury and knows that you were treated by a doctor. Give the employer a description of the injury and explain what happened. Your employer should file an incident report and provide you with information on how to file a workers’ compensation claim.
- File a Workers’ Compensation Claim Form. Your employer may help you with this process or you may have to send the form in yourself. Follow the directions on the form, and make sure to include important details about the nature of the injury and what you can remember about what happened.
- Follow Your Doctor’s Treatment Plan. Your doctor may refer you for further testing or treatment with another doctor or a specialist. It is important that you continue to receive treatment until you are fully healed from your injury. Make sure you keep your medical providers updated about how you are doing. Do not attempt to return to work before being cleared to do so by your doctor.
- Keep a Log of Your Progress. Depending on the type of injury, your healing process may take longer than expected. It can be important to track the details of treatment, what worked, and what didn’t. Because these details are easy to forget over time, it is a good idea to make a log to track your progress. This can include details about therapy and about how you are feeling physically.
- Do Not Rush Into a Settlement. Unfortunately, many insurance companies try to pressure injured workers into settling their claims quickly in an effort to save money. This is not a good idea. If you settle to early, you may not receive all the benefits you are entitled to. It is a good idea to talk to an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer who can evaluate your case and go over your options.
Contact an Experienced Warwick Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
If you have been injured while at work in the Warwick area, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other losses. We work with experienced workers’ compensation lawyers who may be able to file a claim on your behalf. There are no legal fees unless you get benefits or a settlement. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call us at 1-401-490-6907 or toll free at 1-800-992-6878. You may also fill out our contact form online.