Workers’ compensation benefits are essential for people who are hurt on the job and can’t return to work for extended periods of time. However, the workers’ compensation system that grants this form of replacement income can be extremely strict and full of red tape. That means some workers fall through the cracks and don’t get the money they need.
Most workers don’t know how to navigate the workers’ compensation system because they’ve never had to deal with it before. And while most of the headaches involved with filing a claim can be resolved by getting an experienced Norfolk workers’ compensation attorney on your side, there are two things you can do right after your accident to protect your claim:
- Tell your supervisor about the accident. You’re only eligible for benefits after your employer is aware that you were injured on the job and the company files an official workplace injury report. The sooner you tell your supervisor, the better. If you wait too long, your injury may appear suspicious and you may lose your opportunity to file a claim.
- Get immediate medical attention. Even if you typically avoid doctors and hospitals and don’t think your injury is serious, getting immediate medical treatment after a workplace injury is vital. The healthcare providers who diagnose your injury and begin treating it will create a medical record that can serve as valuable evidence for your claim.
At Lowell Stanley, we know the ins and outs of Virginia’s workers’ compensation program, and we can put our experience to work for you. You shouldn’t have to worry about handling the complexities of your claim while you’re sidelined with a serious injury. Call today for a free consultation.