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What to know about handling work injuries

On Behalf of | Jan 5, 2023 | Workers' Compensation |

Anyone injured on the job may be eligible for workers’ compensation. However, employees must deal with these correctly and promptly. Generally, this means individuals have 30 days to get the process started.

Before anyone can start the process, they must know what to do. Here are the basics regarding handling work-related accidents and injuries.

What rights and responsibilities do employees have?

The rights and responsibilities of an employee are set by the state’s department of labor and workforce development. Since these are constantly changing, it is best to visit that website for a comprehensive overview.

How can employees report an injury?

Aside from reporting the incident to their employer, employees must also fill out the proper workers’ compensation documents and send them to their state labor office. Generally, they can do this online or by mail. However, injured employees can also submit forms via fax.

How do Return to Work Programs affect these cases?

A Return to Work Program helps employees return to work quickly and safely. These can affect workers’ compensation cases by allowing employees to return to work when they can complete specific tasks.

Can adjusters be challenging to work with?

Injured employees will need to work with an adjuster and keep them updated on the injury. However, adjusters can sometimes be challenging to work with as they work for insurance companies and want to save their company money. If anyone cannot reach a solution with their adjuster or get them to return phone calls, it is time to reach out for assistance.

Individuals will need to know the details about their accidents to get a workers’ compensation claim started. They will also need to be able to prove their injuries’ relationship to their work to receive compensation.

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