Getting to Know Your Worker’s Compensation Rights

When you go to work each day, you expect to give your employer 100 percent. In return, you expect a paycheck. But you also expect to be safe. Unfortunately, sometimes injuries and accidents occur on the job.

If you’ve been injured at work, you have rights called worker’s compensation. You may be entitled to receive compensation while recovering from an injury. The doctors at Advanced Care Specialists in Racine, Wisconsin, can help you learn more about your rights and get you back to health.

Types of injuries that can happen on the job

Any type of injury that happens while you are at work can fall under the umbrella of workplace injuries. including:

Contrary to popular belief, pre-existing conditions are not excluded from worker’s compensation. If you had a pre-existing condition that worsened as a result of your job, you may be eligible for compensation. 

Any injury that takes place at your workplace is covered by worker’s compensation. This means that even if you get hurt in the break room during lunch or at a company-sponsored picnic, the company is legally liable for your safety.

How worker’s compensation works

Most employers pay into a fund for worker’s compensation. Funds are provided by either a private insurance company or a state fund if you work for the government. These funds give you a regular paycheck while you recover from injury. They also pay for your medical treatment.

Worker’s compensation is overseen by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which defines safety regulations for each industry.

Your rights under worker’s compensation

It can be a confusing time when you are injured on the job. Your employer may or may not be forthcoming about the rights to which you’re entitled. It’s important for you to be empowered by knowing your own rights.

The first thing you should do after a workplace injury is to tell your supervisor. Most workplaces have a specific protocol for handling injuries that occur on the job. Make sure that your injury is fully documented and that you have witnesses. Carefully read any paperwork related to your injury to make sure you’re not signing away your rights to treatment. Be sure to request a copy of all related paperwork.

An important part of your worker’s compensation rights includes the right to choose your own doctor. You are not required to go to a specific, company-recommended doctor. The doctors at Advanced Care Specialists are well-versed in worker’s compensation injuries and can help advise you.

How you can get back to health

Recovering from a workplace injury can take time. Your employer may be anxious for you to return to work, but your recovery needs to come first. Medical opinions help determine when you are ready to return to work.

In addition to requiring time to heal, you also need appropriate medical attention. Treatments may include chiropractic care, physical therapy, and splints or braces. In some cases, you may also need pain management or surgery, depending on the severity of the injury.

If you’ve been injured on the job, it’s important to seek the most appropriate and comprehensive medical attention. Proper treatment now can prevent future problems. Call our office today at 262-204-7543 or book an appointment online.

 

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