Injured At Work? Three Things You Should Know Before Filing A Worker's Compensation Claim

8 January 2015
 Categories: Law, Blog


If you are like many people who have been injured on the job, you have probably considered filing a workers compensation claim against your employer. These claims can help pay for lost wages as well as any medical bills that you incur due to the injury. Before you file the claim against your employer , there are a few things you should consider. The first thing to consider is if the injury was truly caused by negligence on the part of your employer. If you were injured while doing something that you were previously advised not to do, the chance of winning your case are slim. Hiring a workers compensation attorney from a firm like to look at your case prior to filing will help you to determine whether or not you can win your case.

Seeing a Doctor

As soon after your injury as possible you will need to be seen by the company doctor. Keep in mind this doctor is contracted by your employer and not you. For this reason, you may wish to seek a second opinion from your private doctor. Keep your records and bills from any doctors appointments you attend. Ask questions about your diagnosis and the outcome of any and all treatments. This will help you to make an informed decision regarding your care. You will also want the doctors to put this information in writing for your records.

Speak With Your Employer

Many people who have been injured on the job immediately think that their only option is to file a workers compensation case against the employer. Before making this decision, try to speak with your employer about medical bills and paid time off to recover. Some employers may be willing to help out their employee rather than facing them in court. If you find that your employer is not willing to admit responsibility for your injury, it may be time to find an attorney to handle your case.

Choosing Your Attorney

When choosing an attorney, you will want to find one that doesn't get paid unless they win your case. These lawyers will only get paid if you win your case against your employer. For this reason, they will generally not take a case that they aren't sure they can win. Once you have selected your attorney, you will want to have them review the information of your case including any and all medical records and bills. This will help them to build your case and get you the maximum amount you are entitled to.