4 Tips For When You're Injured On The Job
Here are 4 quick and actionable tips to know -- and apply -- if you are injured on the job.
Tip #1: Report your InjuryReport your injury and work-related illnesses to your supervisor or boss as soon as possible. Be sure to complete a Workers' Compensation Claim Form (DWC Form 1 - that can be obtained online: https://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/DWCForm1.pdf) and obtain a countersigned copy from your employer. Save this document. I suggest that you ask your employer to provide you with the workers' compensation insurance carrier information and confirm that it has reported your injury to them.
Tip #2: Don't give a Statement without Legal RepresentationIf asked by your employer, a claims adjuster or a private investigator to give a written or recorded statement, I suggest that you respectfully decline this request and instead contact a workers' compensation attorney.
Tip #3: Keep Accurate RecordsKeep a record of all periods missed from work, medical reports, medical expenses/prescription costs (save receipts), and mileage traveled to and from medical appointments. This will be handy for when you seek mileage reimbursement from the insurance carrier.
Tip #4: Talk with an AttorneyMeet with an attorney who specializes in workers' compensation and personal injury cases ASAP -- they should be able to tell you whether representation is necessary.