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Workers’ compensation: What you should know

| Feb 13, 2020 | Workers' Compensation |

You didn’t expect today to be any different from any other day at work. You started on time, were wearing all the right protective equipment and were having a pretty normal day.

What you didn’t expect was that a part of the machinery you were using would break. You didn’t know that you’d end up calling an ambulance while nursing serious injuries.

If you’re hurt on the job, your employer should file an “Employer’s First Report of Injury.” This form must be filed by your employer once they’re informed of your injury. Filing an official claim is usually part of the workers’ compensation process.

What kinds of information do you need for an official workers’ compensation claim form?

Some of the information that will generally be requested on your claim form includes:

  • The date, time and location of the accident
  • Information on everyone who was involved in the accident
  • A description of how the accident occurred
  • Details on any medical treatment you have already received
  • Information about the type of injury you’ve suffered and how it has affected your body

What do you do if your employer refuses to file a claim?

If your employer refuses to file a claim and is required to carry workers’ compensation by law, they could face fines, lawsuits and criminal charges for failing to do so. If your employer won’t file a claim to start the workers’ compensation process, then you may want to reach out to your attorney for help.

Our site has more on serious injuries in the workplace and what you need to do to file for workers’ compensation. With support, you can make a claim to seek the compensation you need as you recover.

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