What Immediate Steps Should I Follow if I’m Injured on the Job?

Despite all of the safety videos and warnings, it may still come as a shock when you get injured on the job. While your immediate concern should be your safety, don’t forget about the steps you need to take to make sure you get the care and workers’ compensation you deserve.

Unfortunately, due to the potential for fraud, there is a mountain of paperwork involved to prove your workers’ compensation claim is truthful. And a mountain of paperwork is probably the last thing on your mind after an injury.

At Advanced Care Specialists, we can help you handle the burden of workers’ compensation claims. Our team of doctors and nurses are well-versed in claims policy, and we will make sure you get the care and documentation you need to successfully file.  

Injuries on the job

There were approximately 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries reported by private industry workers in 2017. This number represents about 2.8 injuries per 100 full-time employees. Overall, the number of workplace injuries have been on a steady decline that began in 2004. The 2.8 million injuries reported in 2017 are about 2.2 million less than the 5 million reported in 2003. 

While this is certainly good news, it also means that there are still millions of workers trying to navigate the claims process. You need an ally like Advanced Care Specialists to help you get through it all.  

It should also be noted that your injuries do not have to be physical to be covered by workers’ compensation. Mental injuries, including work-related anxiety and depression, may be covered if they were sustained or worsened by your job.

What to do immediately after an injury

After ensuring your safety, inform your immediate supervisor about your injury. If you’re unable to inform them, have a co-worker make sure the company has been informed.

Take a mental picture of the scene. Note any potential witnesses or pertinent details that could speak to the nature of the injury or how it occurred.

If you’re offered forms related to your injury, make sure to read them fully before signing anything. You will want to make sure you retain your full rights to have your injury treated and covered under your employer’s coverage.

Also, note that you’re not governed by your employer’s insurance plan when seeking treatment for an injury on the job. The Federal Employees’ Compensation Act allows you to go to a doctor of your choosing. With that in mind, Advanced Care Specialists is a good bet.

Experts in workers’ compensation

We know how to file workers’ compensation claims for both the public and private sector. Our team is familiar with the specific forms needed to file a claim, including all of the WKC- forms. We can help you fight a disputed claim and, if necessary, work with your union to gain any additional benefits. 

On a federal level, we’re well-trained on the U.S. Department of Labor’s rules and regulations. We can assist you in gathering all of the forms and paperwork needed to file a federal workers’ compensation claim.

Medical experts

Our doctors will work with you to make sure you get the care you need. We know what tests and treatments are covered for Wisconsin workers. We offer all of the following to help you with your claim:

We also have a strong specialist network. Whether you need an MRI or surgery, we will make sure you get help quickly.

If you’ve been injured on the job, keep Advanced Care Specialists in mind. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

 

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