If you get hurt on the job, you are most likely entitled to receive workers' (or workmans' compensation) benefits. These injuries can be physical, psychological, or even stress-related, and can occur at any time as long as they are work-related.
- The first step is to report it to your supervisor immediately, and if your injury or illness was more of a gradual injury (i.e. carpal tunnel syndrome), report it as soon as you think it was caused by your job.
- The next step is to file a claim through your state's workers' compensation agency. It is recommended to file with the assistance of a lawyer, however you can file on your own with your state's Workers' Compensation Commission.
- It is important to note that the injury should be reported immediately within a specific time frame (refer to your state guidelines) or you risk losing your right to collect the worker's compensation benefits. Also there are time constraints on when you can file a claim with the Commission.
- Most states' systems will cover these worker's compensation benefits: medical bills, temporary and permanent disability benefits, and death benefits.
- Be sure to contact your state's Workers' Compensation Commission for specific procedures and further information.
When it comes to navigating work-related injuries & Workmans' Comp, we:
- Treat on-the-job injuries to help you return to work with a reduced risk of re-injury.
- Develop job-specific, return-to-work goals with an an individualized plan of care unique to your injury and job duties.
- Communicate with all parties involved including employer, physician, case manager, and legal representatives.