I was injured at work, what should I do next?

After an injury occurring as a result of an accident in the workplace, you may feel overwhelmed and confused as to what to do next. Injuries can lead to significant medical bills, a need for long-term treatment and rehabilitation, and an inability to return to work and earn an income to support yourself and your family. Each of these concerns can be traumatic for any injury victim. Fortunately, there are avenues available to pursue compensation after a workplace accident. You may be entitled to state run workers’ compensation benefits, private benefits paid under an employer run program, or damages from a third-party injury claim. It is important to know what to do after an injury in order to maximize your chances of obtaining the compensation that you deserve.

5 Steps to Take After a Workplace Injury

What should you do after a workplace injury? The following are five suggested steps:

  • Obtain medical treatment. It is important that you receive medical care in order to prevent additional harm after an accident.
  • Report your injury to the employer as soon as possible. If you are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, you generally have 30 days from the date of the injury or from the date you knew your injury or illness was related to your job. If you do not notify your employer within that time frame, you may lose your right to obtain benefits. If your employer does not participate in the workers’ compensation program, the company’s own policy with regard to benefits and reporting injuries may be more stringent. Some employers require employees to report their injuries within as little as 24 hours.
  • Determine whether your employer participates in the Texas workers’ compensation insurance program. Your employer should have notified you as to whether it participates in the program when you accepted your job.
  • If you are eligible for workers’ compensation, complete an Employee’s Claim for Compensation for a Work-Related Occupational Disease and send it to the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation. Typically, this must be sent in within one year of the date of injury.
  • Contact an experienced attorney. Whether you ultimately receive state run workers’ compensation benefits, benefits from your employer’s privately run injury benefits program, or compensation as a result of pursuing a third-party injury claim, it is crucial that you navigate the process with the assistance of an experienced attorney.

When you are ready to learn more about pursuing compensation after a workplace accident, we are here to help.  We encourage you to check out our many case results to learn more about how we have assisted many other clients protect their rights after an injury.

 

David W. Hodges
David Hodges is a founding partner of Kennedy Hodges. He focuses his practice on personal injury claims.