Being hurt on the job is frustrating and scary. There are many things you have to do to make sure you receive the proper care that you need before filing a worker’s comp claim. When you have been injured at work, it is important that you take action!
After being hurt, it is vital that you report the injury to an immediate supervisor as soon as possible – in writing if it is possible. Afterward, if you need immediate medical attention, you should go to see a medical professional as soon as possible. At this point, you do not need to worry about your claim being denied, filling out the paperwork incorrectly, or if your employer wants to fight the claim. This is the time when you need to be recovering. Any additional stress can prevent you from recovering and getting back to work as soon as possible.
Stop worrying about the unknown aspects of your recovery by hiring Peter O. Hansen as your attorney. He is one of the many dedicated workers comp lawyers in Portland, Oregon, making sure that injured individuals all over the community can receive the assistance they need filing a claim. Let him worry about the details for you.
In our last post, we discussed some tips you should follow when you are injured at work. For more information, please read on.
No matter where or how you were injured on the job, you will always want to obtain as much written and photo documentation as you can. For example, if you were injured on the company’s property, you will want pictures and any statements from coworkers who were present during the accident. If you were injured by a third party while you were driving for the company, you will want pictures of the accident, police reports, and eyewitness accounts.
Use the Company Doctor
When you are injured, you most likely want to go to your personal doctor. However, unless you requested to receive treatment from your own doctor in case of emergency and the company agreed before the injury, you might need to go to a company approved physician. If your injuries are serious and require immediate attention, the first doctor you go to might need to address any questions or concerns from your company’s workers’ compensation representative. You will then need to visit the company approved doctor to make sure he agrees with the first doctor’s diagnosis. If there is a discrepancy in the diagnoses between the two doctors, you might have to visit a third doctor that your company approves of.
If you were injured and need high quality legal aid to get the compensation you deserve, please schedule an appointment with Peter O. Hansen, the leading workplace injury lawyer in Portland, OR, by calling (503) 862-3042.
If you’ve been injured at work, it is important you follow these steps to ensure you can build a successful worker compensation case.
Get the Medical Help You Need
If you’ve been injured, the first step you should take is to stay safe. Remove yourself from the hazardous situation, if you are able. You will also want to go to the hospital or doctor straightaway so they can diagnose and heal your injuries. Also, if you get a doctor’s report, this will help your workplace injury case. However, in work accidents, it is important to remember that most companies have a list of pre-approved doctors and physicians. Before they give you any compensation for your injuries, they will want the opinion of one of these doctors. Therefore, if you go to your personal doctor, your company might not honor their diagnosis until you are seen by one of their doctors and they give their opinion.
Report the Injury
It is extremely important that you report your injury to your supervisor. You will want documentation of this report so it should either be in writing or by email. It is important to report your injuries as soon as possible because in some states, there is a filing deadline. If you miss this deadline, you could lose your legal rights to receive workers compensation benefits from your company or employer.
If you’ve been injured at work and you need the help of an experienced workers compensation attorney in Salem, Oregon, trust in Peter O. Hansen.
To schedule a consultation for your case, please call our office at (503) 862-3042.