In every state, there are laws in place that protect workers when they are injured on the job. If you’ve been injured or developed a medical condition as a result of performing your assigned duties, you have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim to receive benefits that are intended to assist with the costs of medical bills, treatments, and lost wages resulting from the injury. As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread throughout our communities, it’s worth it for employees to review their rights and the process for pursuing a workers’ compensation claim.
Take Immediate Action
It’s important to recognize that you should take immediate action if you are injured on the job. As soon as you are harmed at work, report the injury to your supervisor or employer, making sure they have been made aware of your injury. Then, ask them which doctor you should visit for the necessary medical care. You’ll need to obtain and fill out some documents and return them to your employer, who will then submit them to their insurance carrier. From there, your claim will either be accepted, denied, or delayed. Even if the claim is delayed or rejected, an experienced workers’ compensation attorney can help you push back and resubmit a more successful claim.
Of course, there are a few qualifications you’ll need to make sure you meet before filing for workers’ compensation benefits. Your injury needs to be a direct result of the accident, and it needs to be clear that the injury was not caused by any recklessness or negligence on your part. Additionally, the injury must have occurred while you were in the process of performing your assigned duties or any other tasks associated with your job. In order to file a successful claim, you’ll also need to show that you notified your employer of your injury within five days of the accident.
Obtaining the Compensation You Deserve
Although some employers are responsive and quickly resolve the process to ensure that you receive workers’ compensation benefits within a reasonable amount of time, other employers and their insurance carriers may dismiss, ignore, or outright deny your claim. If you have questions regarding your workers’ compensation claim in the Jasper or Walker County area, get in touch with the experienced legal team at Bevill & Bevill, LLC today by calling (205) 221-4646.