If you have been hurt on the job, there are a number of steps you must take in order to navigate the Workers’ Compensation process. Though it can be a very complex process, Kemmitt, Sanford and Kramer have years of experience and are here to help break it down for you and get you the benefits you are entitled to.
- If medically feasible and safe to do so, the first thing an injured worker should do after being injured on the job is to make sure a manager, supervisor, HR representative, safety manager, or other similarly placed person is made aware of the injury. Your employer should help you fill out a First Report of Injury, but sometimes employers won’t or can’t help you with this. If that is the case you can find a copy of this form on the Department of Labor and Industry’s website.
If your injury is severe enough to make reporting the injury an afterthought, that is okay too, but reporting of the injury should be done as quickly as practicable. Often, the Employer will have received notice of these severe injuries via the nature of the injury itself, such as an ambulance arriving or calls for help. However, even if you think the employer knows about the injury it is much better to make sure of it once it is safe to do so.
- Once your employer has been notified of the injury, you should seek medical treatment as soon as possible. You want to be sure to explain your injury and how it happened to your doctor. If necessary, have your doctor provide you with any work restrictions they recommend in writing. You should then provide these restrictions to your employer right away.
- Next, you should contact Kemmitt Sanford and Kramer Law to make sure you have an experienced advocate on your side throughout this difficult process. We will ensure you receive the benefits to which you are entitled.