If you have been injured on the job with a workers compensation, there are certain things you will need to do to protect your rights and your financial future. Be sure to keep the following in mind if you have faced a work related injury. If you have any doubts about what to do next, be sure to speak to a Minnesota work injury lawyer about what options you have.
As soon as you hurt yourself, report your injury to a supervisor. It does not matter if the incident seems minor and insignificant at the time – if you do not report it, you may lose your compensation rights if the minor injury causes major trouble down the road.
Fill out the Injury Report in the work place. In many instances, the employer may try to persuade you to leave the injury alone or suggest that the injury does not need to be filed but this is not the case. All injuries need to be reported. Even if you have caused the injury yourself, you are still entitled to compensation.
Be sure to ask for a copy of the Injury Report to keep in your personal files.
Seek medical attention. Although your employer may require that you complete an Independent Medical Exam, you should also speak to your own doctor and report the injury to them as well.
Keep all records, receipts and conversations that you have with your doctor and other people in regards to your injury. This includes things like rehabilitation appointment bills, medication and prescription bills and even transportation costs if you need to travel to the doctor’s office.
Always inform your employer about your process and what is happening with your injury. If you are off work for a certain period of time, it is important that you maintain contact with your employer so they know where you stand.
It is important to remember that just because you have been injured in the workplace does not give your employer the right to mistreat you in any way. If you are experiencing retaliation or harassment about coming back to work or threats about being fired, then speak to a Minnesota workers compensation attorney about your legal rights.
If you have been injured in your workplace, then you have the right to financial compensation. Reitan Law Office, PLLC has represented injured Minnesotans for more than 35 years and would be happy to discuss your worker compensation case with you. We can assist with any medical claims, legal complications and worker’s compensation denials that you may be facing. Contact our firm today at (952) 448-2800 – Chaska, (507)388-1800 – Mankato, or (612) 424-6011 -Minneapolis. Consultations are free and cases are handled on a contingency fee basis. We only get paid when you are compensated.