13 Apr I Was Injured on the Job What Should I do Next?
By: Ray Foushee Attorney, Virtus Law Group, Birmingham, Alabama.
Workers Compensation laws can be very specific, that is why it is very important to do a few things as soon as possible after your on-the-job injury.
One of the first things to do after an on-the-job injury is report the injury to your employer. Immediately after reporting your injury, you should ask your employer for an accident report. This is commonly referred to as a First Report of Injury. Notice, and the First Report of Injury can be crucial to helping bring your claim to a resolution down the road.
The most important thing to do after an on-the-job injury is to find a way to see a doctor. In some cases, your employer will send you to a workers compensation doctor. If they do, go see them as soon as an appointment can be scheduled for you. In the event that, for whatever reason, your employer does not send you to a workers’ compensation doctor it will be important to go to your own doctor. It is very important that all issues be addressed by a doctor as soon as possible so that medical professionals can assess what issues may present themselves in the future.
One important thing that can help any workers’ compensation case you may have is to keep a detailed log or list of everything that is going on. Not only will this help you remember what was going when you first got injured on the job, but it will help any attorney you may hire to represent you in your workers’ compensation claim.
The final thing that you should do is consult an attorney. Workers’ compensation claims can get very confusing and technical. An experienced attorney can help you navigate the waters of a workers’ compensation claim. The attorneys at Virtus Law Group are experienced in workers’ compensation claims and ready to represent injured workers in Alabama!