Getting injured at work is a very serious matter, and you should take it seriously because the injury may be severe. If it is and you are trying to receive workers’ compensation, then these tips are important to consider. They can help you with the claims process, so that you can focus on your health and move on with your life.
Tell Your Manager
Immediately after getting injured, it is important to tell your manager, boss, or the person of authority on duty. Let them know what happened. The manager may have an obligation to record the injury and report it to the insurer and the department of industrial accidents. This is important because it may set in motion the claims process and certain obligations on the part of the employer and/or insurer.
Also, the sooner you report the injury, the fresher the incident is going to be in your head. This will help you to describe the accident as accurately as possible. Even if your injury is moderate at the time, do not hesitate to report your injury. Your injury could worsen over time, making it hard to come to work every day.
Know that there are Time Limits
In order to receive workers’ compensation benefits, you need to file your claim before the statute of limitations runs out. In Massachusetts, the statute of limitations is generally four years from the time of the accident, but there are nuances and exceptions in the law, and you must seek the advice of an attorney to be sure about the statute of limitations for your claim.
Hire an Attorney
If your supervisor refuses to document the injury or if an insurer fails to pay benefits when you file a claim, you may need to hire an attorney and take them to the state agency that processes workers’ compensation claims. Your Massachusetts workers compensation attorney will properly pursue your claim for benefits, filing the claim, preparing for conciliation and conference, gathering evidence and proving your claim at hearing if necessary.
Your attorney may be able to move the process along more quickly than you could by yourself, helping you to obtain your benefits – and an income stream – as soon as possible. Thanks to a workers compensation Massachusetts lawyer, you should not have to deal with this stressful situation alone.
Worker’s Compensation Time Limits, Nolo.com
10 Things to Know About Workers’ Compensation, Monster.com