How A Workers’ Comp Claim Can Break Down

Injury & Accident Attorneys Serving Oklahoma City, Edmond, Norman & all of Oklahoma

Posted: May 30, 2013
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Workers’ compensation is a wonderful benefit for when we get hurt on the job. However, the process breaks down when people don’t follow through with reports, or worse, when they don’t even report an injury. Compensation cannot be provided if an injury hasn’t been reported or if the report is delayed by a significant amount of time.

Here are the common breakdowns in the process and what you should avoid:

  • First, file a report for any injury or illness you receive on the job. If you don’t report anything, how can you recover the compensation you deserve? You cannot. So, to avoid this particular issue, make sure you report everything that might qualify for workers’ compensation.
  • Second, know whom you need to report an issue to. Do not mention it to your coworker in the next office because they don’t have authority to do anything. Report the issue to the HR department and your supervisor.
  • Third, make sure you fill out some type of paperwork or receive medical care immediately. If you do not receive any paperwork in a timely manner or get a call from your employer’s insurance provider, then you need to check with your supervisor. Do not expect them to take care of everything for you.
  • Finally, visit your primary care doctor and them him/her know that you have gotten hurt or ill. Receive a check-up regarding your health so that you can have official documentation of your need for medical care.

Again, these are rather simple, but the process breaks down because people forget to follow through or to report what has happened to them. Make sure you follow these steps closely and follow up during each step of the process. Give yourself every chance to receive compensation if you have been truly injured or become ill.

If you have any issues during the process and cannot settle them, then you’re encouraged to contact the lawyers here at Johnson & Biscone. We’re prepared to represent you through your claiming process and enable you to receive the compensation you deserve. We have a proven record of helping clients with workers’ compensation cases, so don’t hesitate to call us for a free consultation: 405-232-6490.