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How to File a Workers’ compensation Claim

If you have sustained a workplace injury, it is crucial to follow the proper steps when filing for workers’ compensation. These steps include:

  1. Report the Injury: The first step is to report your injury to your employer as soon as possible. This should be done in writing and include details of the accident, injuries sustained, and any witnesses. Failure to report the injury promptly may result in a denial of your claim.
  2. Seek Medical Attention: Seek medical attention from an approved healthcare provider. In most cases, your employer will have a list of approved providers that you must see for your claim to be valid.
  3. Complete Necessary Forms: Your employer or insurance company will provide you with the necessary forms to file your claim. These forms may include an incident report and an official claim form.
  4. Document Everything: Keep a record of all documents related to your injury, including medical reports, bills, and correspondence with your employer or carry workers compensation insurance company.
  5. Follow Up on Your Claim: It is important to follow up on your claim regularly to ensure it is being processed correctly and to provide any additional information or documentation if needed.
  6. Consider Hiring an Attorney: If your claim is denied or disputed, it may be beneficial to seek legal representation from a workers’ compensation attorney who can help you navigate the appeals process.

By following these steps and being proactive in your claim, you can ensure that you receive the necessary compensation for your workplace injury. If you or a loved one has suffered a workplace injury, contact the lawyers at Harvey & Carpenter for a free consultation. Their office can be reached at (507) 779-7529 or en Espanol (507) 779-7202.