Taking The Proper Steps After A Workplace Injury
If you have been injured while on the job, you may be eligible for compensation in the state of California. Following the proper procedures after a workplace injury can help increase your chances for a successful workers’ compensation claim and help get your medical care covered. Timeliness and expediency are important after a workplace accident.
If you have questions about your situation or workers’ compensation in California, contact The Law Offices of Farley & Ketendjian.
Seek Medical Attention Immediately
Your health should be a priority. Get the proper medical attention for your injury. Do not downplay the severity of your injury because you believe this will result in a more favorable situation with your employer.
If your injury is an emergency, call 911 or get to an emergency room as quickly as possible. If your injury can be dealt with on-site, make sure that the proper first aid is applied to prevent further injury or infection. Follow up with a doctor as soon as you are able.
Let your attending medical care professional know that the injury you suffered is work-related.
As you seek medical attention, record as many details as possible about your situation. Having a detailed record of the events surrounding your injury can help make filing a claim or appealing a denied claim easier.
Get Your Employer Involved
Let your supervisor know about your injury as soon as your situation allows. When reporting an injury, time is not on your side. You must notify your employer within 30 days of suffering the injury or you may lose your eligibility for compensation. Provide your employer a written notice of your injury and keep a copy of the notice for your personal records.
Workplace conditions and behaviors sometimes result in injuries that manifest gradually, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or occupational asthma. Report these injuries as soon as possible.
Begin The Application Process
Once you notify your employer, they should provide you with a Workers’ Compensation Claim Form promptly.
Fill out the Employee section of the form and return it to your employer as quickly as possible to start the application process. Provide as many details about your injury and the surrounding circumstances as possible.