If you experience a work-related accident, it’s vital that you accurately and thoroughly report your condition to your supervisor and fill out a claim as soon as possible. Workers’ compensation benefits are likely the only way you’ll be able to receive compensation for your injuries, so it’s important that you understand this process.
When to Make a Work Related Accident Report
It’s imperative that you make a work related accident report as soon as you realize you’re experiencing a work-related injury or illness. Report your injury or illness to your supervisor as soon as possible to make them aware of the issue and so they can give you the report to fill out.
If your employer does not have the report for you, you can also get one from your state’s workers’ compensation board. After you complete it, make a copy for yourself and give the original copy to your employer.
It’s best to file this report as soon as possible, even in cases where you have a deadline of weeks. Delaying making your report could result in losing your eligibility to receive the workers’ compensation benefits that you deserve.
What to Include in Your Report
Your work-related accident report requires you to include your personal information and a detailed report of your accident. You need to provide thorough information about who was involved in your accident, how it happened, where it happened, the date and time of the accident, the nature of your injury or illness including every part of your body it affects and any medical treatment you’ve received.
Maintain Your Records After Your File Your Claim
Just because you fill out your form and submit it to your employer doesn’t mean your work is complete. While it’s your employer’s responsibility to fill out their own form and file it with the worker’ compensation office, you still need to be vigilant about keeping up with any and all records that have to do with your accident.
This includes your medical records, pay stubs and time sheets, forms you fill out, documents you receive, receipts for your out-of-pocket expenses and notes on how the injury affects your ability to work. Don’t throw anything away, even down to the envelopes and their postmarks that you receive.
When you’re documenting how the injury is affecting you, include comparisons of your ability to perform specific tasks before and after your accident. Also, write down the dates and topics of any discussions you have about your condition.
Contact a Workers’ Compensation Attorney
After your employer submits all the appropriate documents, the claims administrator should contact you shortly thereafter to let you know if your claim was accepted and how much you will receive in workers’ compensation benefits.
If you’re having difficulties filing your claim or with receiving appropriate compensation, consider the help of a workers’ compensation attorney from The Law Offices of Peter Davis in Paterson, New Jersey. Workers’ compensation claims aren’t always as straightforward as they may appear, and our experienced team of attorneys can guide you through this confusing process.