An Introvert’s Guide To Filing For Workers’ Compensation
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- June 6, 2016
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For introverts, who need personal space and alone time to recharge, dealing with the process of filing a workers’ compensation and all of the complications that can arise may seem completely overwhelming. Thankfully, according to The Disability Guys, there are steps that can be taken to ensure that everything will go smoothly and that injured employees have the help they need.
Step 1: Get The Medical Help You Need
When the body is in pain it can be difficult to focus on anything else. Don’t hesitate to seek the care that you need in order to feel comfortable.
Step 2: Write Everything Down
This step is very important. Write down every detail you can remember about the accident which resulted in your injury including what caused the event, as well as each of the injuries that were sustained. Describe the treatments required to care for those injuries and continue to write down anything that comes to mind.
Not only will this action help to keep track of a timeline but it may also help you find some peace.
Step 3: Set A Pace
When it comes to filing a workers’ compensation claim, there is a timeline for everything. For example, injured workers must inform their employers of their accident and injury within 30 days in writing.
Help yourself to not feel overwhelmed by creating a list of every step that needs to be completed and the date by which each task should be completed.
Step 4: Find A Quiet Space
Help to clear your head by making sure that you have a quiet space to work in.
Step 5: Ask For Help
There is absolutely nothing wrong with asking for help. In many cases, a workers’ compensation attorney can assist an injured employee more than they ever thought possible.
Attorneys aren’t just available at times when legal action is required. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can assist from day one to ensure that the correct forms are filed out and that everything is done in a timely manner. If, as many claims are, the workers’ comp claim is denied, an attorney can assist with the appeal.
What Should I Do If My Employer Is Giving Me A Hard Time?
If you have been hurt on the job, your employer is required to cooperate with you while you file a claim. In fact, in many states, if they act in a way which prevents the injured worker from filing a claim, they can be subjected to severe fines and penalties.
If your employer is refusing to cooperate, the first thing you should do is contact the local Workers’ Compensation Administration office and let them know that you are encountering difficulty. They can assist you with obtaining the forms and inform your employer of his obligation.
What If My Employer Doesn’t Have Insurance?
In the majority of states, employers are required by law to have a workers’ compensation insurance policy. If they fail to obtain a policy, they can face fines, jail time, and their business may be shut down.
There are two purposes to having workers’ compensation insurance. The first is so that injured employees have their medical expenses and a fraction of any lost wages covered while they heal. The second is so that the employer is protected against personal injury lawsuits. If a workers’ comp claim is filed, an employee is barred from pursuing a lawsuit. This does not apply, however, when the employer does not have insurance.
If you find that your employer does not have workers’ comp, the best step is to consult an attorney who can help you pursue a personal injury lawsuit. It is through this legal action that you may be able to obtain compensation.
Mr. Mittman is the Managing Partner at Markhoff & Mittman, P.C., a workers’ compensation and personal injury law firm. He has several decades of experience in assisting those who have been injured on the job and has worked with hundreds of clients who have been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury. Outside of the office he volunteers for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation and coaches multiple children’s sports teams.
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