Being injured at work can mean that your confidence takes a hit. Instead of being able to go to work each day, be useful and earn a living, you are now stuck at home, unable to earn an income, in pain and unable to do things independently. This can mean that you don’t feel particularly motivated to take proactive action on things you know you should do, for example, making a workers’ compensation claim.
However, if you do not take action to report your injury to your employer in good time, you will run the risk of having your workers’ compensation denied. Therefore, it is important that you gain a good understanding of the law from the offset so that you know what to do and when. The following are some tips for filing workers’ compensation confidently.
Know what you’re set to gain
One of the best motivating factors for filing for workers’ compensation is knowing what you’ll be set to gain. If you successfully file for workers’ compensation, you’ll be able to gain full coverage of all medical costs associated with your injury. In addition, you’ll be able to gain back a portion of the wages that you lost as a result of needing to take time off work. This is usually set to 30%, but it can vary.
Report your injury
Reporting your injury to your employer is one of the most important things that you can do to set the foundation for a successful workers’ compensation claim. You should do this as soon as possible, and in writing so that you’ll always have proof of it. Once you report the injury to your employer, they have the legal duty to provide you with the relevant forms so that you can make a claim.
If you have been injured at work but have not yet made a claim for workers’ compensation, make sure that you take action to assert your legal rights.