I Was Injured at Work, What Should My Next Steps Be?
All employers are required by law to provide a reasonably safe and healthy environment for you to work. When employers fail to maintain a safe environment and you become injured at work, it is important to know what steps to take. Every state, including Arkansas, has workers’ comp law to protect employees who experience injuries on the job.
Report Your Injury
As soon as it is feasible, report your injury to your employer, in writing if possible. Do not wait to report it, as many states have a short window in which you must report to receive workers comp.
Once you report the injury, it is up to your employer to file a workers’ compensation claim with their insurance company by completing a First Report of Injury or Illness. Be sure to follow up with your employer to make sure this report has been submitted.
See a Doctor
As soon as possible, see a doctor. However, if the injury is severe or life threatening, you need to go straight to the emergency room immediately.
Your employer or its workers’ compensation insurance company has the right to choose a doctor, but if you’re not happy with their choice, you may ask for them to approve another doctor or formally write a “Change of Physician” request. Before receiving any kind of treatment for your injuries, receive approval from the insurance carrier.
See a Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Under workers comp law; you are entitled to coverage of necessary medial care, lost wages and possibly more. If your employer is required to have workers comp insurance but failed to do so, you may be able to sue for negligence. If you need help understanding any part of your case, contact an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer.
If you were injured while at work, an Arkansas workers’ comp lawyer can provide a free consultation and help determine what you are entitled to based on your situation.