If you’ve been injured at work, it is important you follow these steps to ensure you can build a successful worker compensation case.
Get the Medical Help You Need
If you’ve been injured, the first step you should take is to stay safe. Remove yourself from the hazardous situation, if you are able. You will also want to go to the hospital or doctor straightaway so they can diagnose and heal your injuries. Also, if you get a doctor’s report, this will help your workplace injury case. However, in work accidents, it is important to remember that most companies have a list of pre-approved doctors and physicians. Before they give you any compensation for your injuries, they will want the opinion of one of these doctors. Therefore, if you go to your personal doctor, your company might not honor their diagnosis until you are seen by one of their doctors and they give their opinion.
Report the Injury
It is extremely important that you report your injury to your supervisor. You will want documentation of this report so it should either be in writing or by email. It is important to report your injuries as soon as possible because in some states, there is a filing deadline. If you miss this deadline, you could lose your legal rights to receive workers compensation benefits from your company or employer.
If you’ve been injured at work and you need the help of an experienced workers compensation attorney in Salem, Oregon, trust in Peter O. Hansen.
To schedule a consultation for your case, please call our office at (503) 862-3042.