What to Do after a Work Injury
Tips from a Certified Workers' Compensation Attorney in Harrisburg
People who suffer work injuries may initially think they have a straight-forward case and will have no problem qualifying for workers' compensation benefits. Unfortunately, workers' compensation laws are complicated, and sometimes issues arise for injured workers who try to navigate the system on their own. It's important for injured workers to understand what steps to take after an on-the-job accident in order to build the strongest workers' compensation case possible.
If injured, follow these steps:
- Report Your Injury: If you are injured on the job, you should immediately report your injury to a supervisor or person of authority at your place of employment. Your injury should be reported in writing, if possible. You should notify your employer within 21 days of your injury. Be mindful that you must give notice to your employer no later than 120 days after your injury or you will lose your right to receive benefits under the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act.
- Get Medical Treatment: Get medical treatment as soon as possible after a work injury. Do not ignore your injury or delay going to a doctor. You are required to treat with a medical provider from your employer's panel of physicians for the first 90 days following a work injury. If no panel exists, you can treat with a provider of your choosing from the beginning of your workers' compensation claim.
- Listen to Your Doctor: Follow your doctor's orders. Your workers' compensation benefits may be affected if you fail to follow your doctor's guidelines or restrictions.
- Enlist Legal Help: Don't give a recorded statement or sign anything given to you by the workers' compensation insurance company without consulting a lawyer. Without legal advice, you may unknowingly do or say things that could put your claim in jeopardy.