8 Feb. 2017

Here Is What You need to Know If You Have Been Injured at Work

Posted By Haggerty, Goldberg, Schleifer & Kupersmith, P.C.

After an accident on the job, filing for workers’ compensation benefits can be stressful. In fact, between attempting to understand the claims process, coordinating with insurance companies, and seeking medical attention, it can be downright overwhelming. To help demystify the process, we have gathered several tips that may help you to maximize the strength of your case and reduce the risk of a denied claim.

Here are the first of many rules you should know if you get hurt at work:

  1. Tell your employer about your injury: As soon as an accident occurs or you discover that you have been injured, you must inform your employer. Workers’ compensation claims are governed by strict regulations and missing a deadline can irrevocably damage your case. Don’t wait until you are fired or your case will be denied.
  2. Go see the doctor: A prompt visit to the doctor is critical for multiple reasons. Only a medical professional can properly evaluate your injuries and recommend a treatment. Also, detailed medical records are critical in supporting your injury claim and substantiating the extent of your damages. Furthermore, the failure to quickly seek medical attention may be used as evidence against the severity of your injuries or the accuracy of your claim.
  3. Document your case: As soon as you are able, write down any information about how the accident happened and gather evidence. Creating and organizing one central file or location where you store all documents relating to your case is highly recommended. You should consider including pictures of where an accident occurred, witness testimony, and medical records.
  4. Hire an attorney: In the wake of an accident, injured workers can file a claim through their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. These companies are likely to have a dedicated legal team working to protect their interests. When you are going through the claims process, you need a knowledgeable attorney in your corner to even the playing field.

Call HGSK for a Free Consultation and Professional Representation

While the steps above can help you to protect your claim, they may represent only part of a successful legal strategy. Each work injury will be unique and the guidance and representation of an experienced attorney from Haggerty, Goldberg, Schleifer & Kupersmith can make the vital difference in your case. Our Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorneys can fight tirelessly to see that your claim is not undervalued, underpaid, or wrongfully denied.

Ready to learn more about your case? Call (267) 419-6422 or contact us online today.

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