What should I do after an on-the-job injury?
This is a question we get again and again. People are worried that if they do not do the right thing in the hours and days after an accident that their workers compensation claim may be adversely affected. This can be the case, but the steps outlined below may help you avoid making mistakes.
First be sure that you are seen by a medical professional. Getting prompt medical attention is a good idea for many reasons, the most important being your health and chances of a full recovery. Once you have been treated and are able ensure that your employer files your workers compensation claim. Ensure that the report is accurate, that your employer has not left out any important details. Get a copy for your records.
After the claim is filed your employers insurance carrier will take over the case. If your workers comp claim is denied then be sure to file an application for a hearing as soon as possible. Insurance companies do not want to give you full value of your claim; they are looking out for their bottom line. If your claim was denied you may be in for a long, hard fight.
If you think you'll need help with your claim and hearing please consider finding the best workers compensation attorney you can. If you have been injured in New Hampshire or Vermont choose a lawyer who is licensed in the state as workers comp claim rules and regulations can vary from state to state.