If you have been injured at work, you will know that it can be an extremely stressful experience. As a result, you may have to spend time at home recovering and this could lead to a loss of wages as well as high medical costs. Therefore, it’s important that you take action and begin your claim for workers’ compensation.
The first steps after an injury
The first thing that you should do after an injury is check that you are feeling okay and that you have recovered. You may need hospital assistance or to visit the doctor and ensure that you do not need further treatment.
Making a claim
Once you have fully recovered from your injury, you can begin to consider making a workers’ compensation claim. This will include reporting the injury to your employer and filling in a form.
Your application result will depend on your circumstances. You may be eligible for compensation for your medical costs, compensation for lost wages, and if your situation was severe, then you may be eligible for disability benefits. These could be temporary disability benefits or permanent disability benefits. You may also be able to have assistance with further training if you cannot carry out your normal work duties after your injury.
If my claim was denied
If your claim was denied, it may be because your claim was not covered by workers’ compensation. You always have the right to challenge your claim. If you believe you are entitled to workers’ compensation, you should carry out adequate research to see how the law applies to your situation.
Source: DIR, “I was injured at work,” accessed Dec. 08, 2017