There is a lot of confusion out there if you are involved in a work injury. Do I report it? What If I lose my job? Below are some tips if you are involved in a work injury.
Report Your Injury to Your supervisor Immediately
You should immediately report the injury to your supervisor. Failure to report your injury in a timely manner can prejudice your case and you can lose benefits as a result. Ask for a DWC 1 form, which legally must be provided to you within 24 hours of the accident or injury. It is also illegal for you or your employer to say that the injury happened outside of work. Report the facts immediately and honestly.
Seek Medical Treatment
It is always a bad idea to prolong medical treatment. Request to see a doctor within your employer's Medical Provider Network, also referred to as an "MPN". This must be provided to you immediately. Get your injuries documented.
Consult with a Lawyer
There are many reasons to see a lawyer. You need to make sure that your treatment is getting authorized and that you get the benefits you deserve. Cases are more difficult the longer you wait to see an attorney.
Can I be fired if I report my work injury?
No. The law expressly prohibits an employer from retaliating against you due to your work injury. If you have a lawyer involved, your employer is much less likely to violate your rights. Early communication is key to preventing retaliation or illegal behavior.
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