Suffering an on-the-job injury or work-related illness can leave you facing days, weeks, or even months out of work. If you become unable to earn the paycheck you and your loved ones depend on, no matter how you earn your living, you should know what your options are.
Fortunately, workers’ compensation benefits are in place to help hardworking Oklahomans like you after an injury on the job. Those benefits can help provide financial support and cover the costs of medical bills and lost wages while you’re unable to work.
3 Steps to Take After a Work-Related Injury
Applying for workers’ compensation benefits can be confusing, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the process. Getting all the benefits you’re owed depends on completing paperwork in full and on time, and just one mistake or omission can lead to delays or denials.
At Parrish DeVaughn Injury Lawyers, we know the Oklahoma workers’ compensation system, and we’re here to help you file a claim after an injury at work. It’s our goal to help you get all the benefits you deserve.
Here are 3 steps you should take as soon as possible after your injury to help us maximize your chances of filing a successful claim:
- Tell your employer about the injury. It’s important to notify your employer or supervisor about the accident and the events leading up to your injury as soon as possible. Include details like when and where the accident happened and the names of any witnesses. Take photos of the area where the injury occurred if you’re able.
- See a doctor. After any injury, your main priority should be your health. Seek medical attention as soon as you’re able. Addressing the injury as soon as it happens can help protect your health as well as your rights to compensation. Seeing a doctor creates a medical record of your injuries and leaves no doubt that your injury was job-related.
- File a claim with your employer’s insurance company. After seeing a doctor and getting the medical attention you need, you’ll have a more realistic understanding of your medical expenses and recovery time. When filing your workers’ compensation claim, the insurance company will be looking for ways to reduce your benefits as much as possible, so much so that your claim could be denied.
Contact an Experienced Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Attorney
If you need help applying for benefits, or the insurance company offers you insufficient benefits or denies your claim altogether, don’t hesitate to give us a call. The Oklahoma workers’ compensation lawyers at Parrish DeVaughn are prepared to help you get the compensation you deserve for your work-related injuries.
If you’ve suffered a workplace injury or illness, contact us today. Our consultations are free, and you won’t pay us unless we get benefits for you.