How to Protect Your Rights After a Workplace Accident
Getting hurt on the job can be devastating for you and your family. Your injury may prevent you from working for weeks, months, or even years. At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, we know that even one lost paycheck can put a family in a financial bind, and when you’re unable to go back to work for a prolonged period of time, your family may face financial uncertainty.
Almost all employees in Arkansas are protected by the state’s workers’ compensation laws to provide benefits in the event of prolonged absences from work after on-the-job injuries, but getting a claim approved isn’t always easy. In addition to requiring plenty of paperwork and documentation, the process is also time-sensitive, and workers who wait too long to fulfill certain key requirements may jeopardize their chances of getting benefits.
After your workplace injury, taking the following steps may help protect your rights to benefits:
- Tell your supervisor – Immediately notify your supervisor or manager of what happened, even if you don’t think you were seriously injured. It’s vital that your employer document the event and your injury as soon as possible after it happens.
- See a doctor – It’s important to get medical attention for your injury as soon as possible. Seeing a doctor also creates an important official record that can be used when you file for workers’ compensation benefits.
- Call an Arkansas workers’ compensation lawyer – Maximizing your chances of approval requires gathering evidence and meeting deadlines, and an experienced attorney can guide you through the process.
Let us handle the paperwork and complexities of the workers’ compensation system so that you can focus on your health and family. Call today for a free consultation—we’re here to help.