Though you were hurt at work and believe that you have a legitimate claim for workers’ compensation, it’s important that you take steps to protect your claim. No matter what kind of injury it is, you should be able to pursue a claim if you were hurt on the job. Workers’ compensation should be there to cover the expenses related to your recovery.
There are steps that you need to take to protect your claim. Some of them include:
- Letting your supervisor know about the accident right away
- Seeking medical care immediately so that you can begin getting the treatment you need. Thanks to Kentucky law, you are likely able to select your own physician. Keep paperwork from your visit to support your case.
- Listen to your doctor. If your doctor sets up a treatment plan, you should follow it, or get a second opinion if you don’t agree. Failing to go to follow-up appointments or stopping treatment can hurt your claim.
- Make sure you document what happened leading up to the accident.
- Always file your paperwork as soon as possible. You don’t want to find out that you waited too long to make a claim.
The great news about workers’ compensation claims is that your employer should be able to help you file. However, if they are reluctant or argue the claim, you may want to work with your attorney to defend your right to workers’ compensation. If your claim is denied, you may have the right to appeal. Our website has more on what to do if you’ve been a victim of a workplace accident.