Having a work injury is never something that either employees or employers expect on a day-to-day basis. Unfortunately, it is something that happens on occasion and it is important that both parties have certain steps that they take throughout the process. Both the employee and the employer can improve the way a workers compensation claim is handled, and here are some ways to do just that.
Improving Your Workers Compensation Claim Process
Report it Immediately
If you have been injured at work, the first thing that you should do is to report it to your supervisor and the HR department. Certain paperwork needs to be completed by your employer in order for the claim to be processed. Since receiving medical treatment quickly will help you get back to work quickly, this can speed up the process dramatically.
Both employers and employees can benefit from taking care of their portions of the claim in a timely fashion. For employees, this means making every doctor’s appointment and communicating the information back to the employer. Employers can be timely by filing paperwork as quickly as possible and following up with the employee regularly.
Employees and employers should work together to help complete a workers compensation claim. This means that both parties should communicate with each other regularly in order to make sure that the proper paperwork is being completed and that treatment is progressing as expected.
Being injured at work is a stressful experience, but by following some simple advice, you can make sure that the process runs smoothly and quickly. If you have been injured on the job and are looking to learn more about your legal rights, be sure to call our office to speak with an attorney.