I Got Hurt At Work! What to Do After You Get Hurt on the Job
I Got Hurt At Work! What should I do now?
Report Your Injury ImmediatelyReport your injury immediately to your employer (supervisor, manager, etc...)
You can verbally report your injury but I would recommend that you report also repot it via email, text or some other type of documentation.
What should I do after reporting my injury or illness to my employer?After reporting your injury and getting emergency treatment if needed, follow the steps below.
Fill out a claim form and give it to your employer
Your employer must give or mail you a Workers* Compensation Claim Form (DWC 1) within one working
day after you report your injury or illness (or your employer learns about it). You use this form to request workers* compensation benefits.
Read all of the information that comes with the claim form. Fill out and sign the *employee* portion of
the form. Describe your injury completely. Include every part of your body affected by the injury. Give the form to your employer. This is called *filing* the claim form. Do this right away to avoid possible problems with your claim. If you mail the form to your employer, use first-class or certified mail and buy a return receipt.
Consult with an experienced workers' compensation attorney. IT'S FREE!Call an experienced workers' comp attorney for a free consultation. Learn about your rights and know the benefits you are entitled to.
Get good medical care. We can help!You should be treated by a doctor who understands your particular type of injury or illness. Your *primary treating physician* (PTP) has a crucial role in your workers' compensation case.
The role of this doctor is to:
* Prescribe care for your job injury or illness and manage your overall care
* Help determine when you can return to work
* Help identify the kinds of work you can do safely while recovering
* Refer you to specialists if necessary
* Write medical reports that will help determine the benefits you receive.
Tell the doctor about your symptoms and the events at work that you believe caused them. Also describe your job and your work environment.