Injured On The Job? Workers Compensation Procedures

Most companies are required to maintain workers compensation coverage for their employees. Injuries, illnesses, or exposure to dangerous chemicals can make cause damage to an employee and lay the grounds for a workers’ compensation claim. The injuries covered under this policy can be minor or major. One are that is not covered under this general liability coverage is under the coming and going rule. This rule references any injuries that occurred on the commute to or from the work-site. Although these injuries would not be covered under a workers’ compensation claim, other injuries that occur while transporting goods, traveling, or running errands for your employer may be covered.

First Steps: File A Claim

The first step when you have been injured on the job is to file a workers compensation claim. Your supervisor or boss will provide you with the proper claim form to complete. If your employer contests the claim, a court hearing will be scheduled. It’s very important that you file your claim form as soon as possible after the injury. Some of the more long-term injuries from the incident may not appear until a few weeks or months after the initial accident, which is why it’s so important to have an attorney representing her interest in court. If you need an attorney, the time is now to contact Salvi Law.

What Happens Next?

After you have filed a claim, the insurance company will select a doctor to perform an independent medical examination. Preparing for this exam is incredibly important, since the doctor will send a report to the insurance company that is used to generate an offer for your compensation. Write notes about the appointment after it is over, and come prepared with your own list of questions for the doctor. Do not underestimate the severity of your symptoms during this appointment.

What Happens If My Claim Is Approved?

In general, the monetary payment under an approved workers compensation claim will represent up to 66% of your typical income, but what sets workers compensation apart is that these monies are tax-free. Since there are no taxes on these funds, it’s likely that your payment will be similar to your former income. All medical expenses will also be covered under a workers’ compensation claim, so long as those medical expenses are related to the workplace injury.

Should I Accept a Settlement?

If a worker has been on long-term disability for some time, one common tactic for companies is to offer that individual a settlement. In the short term, these settlements can be appealing. Over the long run, however, the settlement may not be in your best interest. For example, if your medical costs increase or you incur other complications as a result of your initial injury, the settlement may not be enough to provide for your future medical expenses. Especially when you are not represented by a lawyer, the company will usually undervalue the settlement offer. You can reject the settlement, and it’s recommended that you have a conversation with an attorney about your best options.