I Was Injured At Work… What Should I Do Next?
After a workplace injury, you may not know the next steps you should take. You want to stay in your employer’s good graces, but you may also need to seek compensation for your medical bills and lost wages.
Fortunately, the attorneys at Warner Law Offices PLLC can guide you through the steps you should follow if you suffer an injury at work.
- Report your accident
First, you should report the accident to your supervisor. The sooner you report it, the better. Once you report an injury, your employer must report it to the Workers’ Compensation Commission.
- Seek medical care
You should seek medical treatment immediately after an injury. If necessary, contact an ambulance to take you to the emergency room.
- Document your case
Keep a written record of any expenses related to your injury. These could include medical care, gas mileage driving to and from medical appointments, and wages you lose due to treatment.
- File a workers’ comp claim
You will have six months to file a workers’ compensation claim with the Offices of the Insurance Commissioner. The sooner you file your claim, the sooner you may receive your benefits.
- Consider other compensation
If you suffered a catastrophic injury at work, you could receive compensation beyond what workers’ comp will pay. Your employer may say that worker’s comp is your only option, but this is not true in many cases. By filing a personal injury lawsuit, you could receive additional compensation.
- Consult an attorney
Don’t give up your rights without speaking to a lawyer. Warner Law Offices PLLC offers a free case evaluation to determine if you have the right to sue the party that caused your injury. Don’t sign anything or make a recorded statement without legal advice.
Get A Free Consultation About Your Workplace Injury
Contact our law office in Charleston for your free consultation. We can discuss your case and see whether you are eligible for additional compensation through a personal injury claim. To get your free consultation, call 304-345-6789 or 866-344-4460 toll-free, or send us an email.