FAQs About Work Accidents
Frequently Asked Questions About Work Accidents And Compensation
What should I do after being injured at work?
Seek medical attention right away to get a proper diagnosis. Then you need to report your injury to your supervisor within 15 days of the injury or within 15 days of when a doctor diagnoses your injury as work-related.
Can I get in trouble for reporting my work injury?
No. Employers cannot retaliate or fire an employee for reporting his or her injury.
What doctor can I see?
Your supervisor should provide a list of nearby physicians who provide treatment for workers’ compensation. You will be able to select your physician from this list and your treatment should be paid for by your employer. We can help you select the most appropriate physician for your injuries before you start getting treatment.
Can I get a second opinion for my injuries?
Yes, you have the right to get a second opinion on your injuries. However, this will not be covered by your employer.
What benefits can I receive?
You may be eligible to receive medical treatment for your injuries at no cost to you. The medical expenses would be covered by your employer. You may also be able to receive temporary disability benefits if your physician says you cannot work due to your injuries.
Temporary benefits will help cover lost wages while you cannot work. Temporary disability benefits are typically two-thirds of your average weekly wages. You may also be entitled to partial temporary benefits if your weekly earnings are reduced due to work restrictions because of your injury.
Do I need a lawyer?
An attorney can protect your rights and make sure your workers’ compensation claim is being handled properly from the start. An attorney can also help protect your right to receive medical care and address issues that may arise with your employer due to your injury.