After they get hurt at work, many people know they need to file for workers’ compensation. There are a few steps people should take to start this process.
According to the Department of Industrial Relations, employers have to give workers a claim form so they can file for workers’ compensation. There are two parts to this form. Injured workers only need to fill out the section for employees. Their employer fills out the other section. People should make sure they receive a copy of this form once it is complete so they have it for their records.
What information do people need to include?
When people fill out their portion of the claim form, they should include specific information about their injury. The Department of Industrial Relations says that workers should write down how they got their injury and how it is affecting them. If people have already seen a doctor, they may want to include their diagnosis and information about the recommended treatment.
What should people do after filing a claim?
It may be two weeks before people learn about the status of their claim. In the meantime, people should keep records about their situation. They should write down details about the medical treatment they receive, as well as how their injury affects their job. If workers had to pay any medical bills, they should write down what these expenses were and how much they paid.
Additionally, workers should keep records about their claims. If people asked questions about the process, they should write down who they spoke to and what they learned. It may also be beneficial for people to keep copies of their timesheets so they can demonstrate how many hours they worked before and after the injury. If people experience any problems with their workers’ compensation claim, all this information can help demonstrate the severity of the situation.