If you have suffered a work injury or contracted an occupational disease, you are probably dealing with the stress of not being able to work, mounting bills and significant, ongoing medical expenses. Your employer is mandated to provide coverage for injured workers through workers' compensation insurance. You might be worried that waiting for your settlement will take time and you will be unable to take care of your bills in the meantime.
There are several steps you need to take after you have suffered an injury on the job. You must report it to your employer in writing no later than 30 days after it occurred. Your employer will then give you a choice of three doctors, and you will need to choose one. If your doctor orders that your injury necessitates your missing work for seven days or longer, you may be able to get temporary disability payments prior to your application for workers' compensation benefits.
The state's workers' compensation laws are very complex. When you file a claim for benefits, you will need to understand how to navigate the laws. You will also need to gather the documentation you will need in order to support the basis for your claim.
At our firm, we help our clients obtain the workers' compensation benefits to which they are entitled. For clients who will be missing seven or more days of work under a doctor's order, we help to obtain temporary disability payments in order to help alleviate some of the financial stress. We also strive to get our clients the immediate medical care they need, even making transportation arrangements for those who need help with getting to their appointments. Our focus is on obtaining the maximum benefits for our clients, including the costs for future medical care and treatment. Should you want to learn more about the services that we can provide in these matters, you are invited to review our workers' compensation benefits page.