- Report your injury or illness-Notify your employer in writing about your injury or illness and how it relates to your job. Keep a copy for your records. You have 30 days following your accident-or following diagnosis of your illness-for notification. But you should make notification as soon as possible. The employer must then file a claim with the insurance company, beginning the claims process.
- Get medical attention-See a doctor, even if you feel OK. This is to make sure you are healthy and get the treatment you need. It also documents your injury or illness.
The insurance company will investigate your claim to determine if you are eligible for benefits. They may try to convince you to see a doctor of their choosing. But you are under no obligation to do so. You have the right to choose your own doctor to treat your work-related injury or illness.
However, employers and the insurance company may still question the extent of your injury. Or, they may suggest that your injury was pre-existing. They may challenge the need for certain medical treatment. You just want to get better. But their goal is to pay you as little as possible.
Demand Justice With an Experienced Workers' Compensation Lawyer
Our workers' compensation attorneys know the ways employer and insurance companies try to avoid responsibility. They have lawyers who work to keep benefits away from you. We are dedicated to making sure you get all the benefits you deserve. We build a strong case that proves you deserve those benefits and will fight for you every step of the way.
If you have suffered a work-related illness or injury, take steps to protect your rights. Contact one of our workers' compensation attorneys for a free consultation. Call (601) 944-9588 to schedule an appointment.