What happens if you are injured on the job and know more about workers’ compensation, but you have some questions? What if nobody is answering your questions? There are several people and organizations that you can contact for more help and information about everything important you must know regarding the benefits you deserve!
- Employer: Employers are required to post information and give you written materials explaining the workers’ compensation process. If you still have questions, you can contact a supervisor, management worker, or your employer’s personnel department.
- Claims Administrator: The Claims Administrator handles workers’ compensation claims for your employer. They are required to send you written information about your claim and may answer questions for you – however, if you cannot reach them, ask for their supervisor.
- State Division of Workers’ Compensation: This includes the Medical Unit, Information & Assistance Officers, and the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, in which your questions and disputes can be handled.
- Commission of Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation: They will conduct ongoing studies and make recommendations to improve the workers’ compensation system, which will prevent job injuries.
- Primary Treating Physician: You are always free to ask questions to your primary treating physician. All questions can be forwarded to them, including the kind of work you can do while you recover and whether or not you will have a permanent disability. You can also ask for all medical reports made.
- Labor Organizations: Your union may help you resolve problems and tell you about other benefits you may receive. They can also help protect you from discrimination.
- Occupational Health Clinics: The doctors working within can specialize in work-related injuries and illnesses.
- Injured Worker Support Groups: These groups will share with you practical information and provide support for people with job injuries.
How Can Your Attorney Help?
A workers’ compensation attorney can be one of the best assets to have when you are going through the claim process. The attorney will be able to guide you through the complexities and answer all questions regarding the system, like understanding the federal laws that govern benefits for federal employees and certain industries. Workers’ compensation claims vary significantly from things like typical insurance claims, which will compensate you for a vehicle accident. Workers’ comp claims cannot be disputed and they must be paid, with exceptions.
The best part about seeking help from an experienced attorney is that you will be able to obtain the full amount of benefits that you are entitled to. They will also help you understand that you don’t have to settle until you like the amount that you are offered, because with workers’ comp claims, you will not be able to take your employer to court once you settle. However, they can guide you through the process of suing your employer or a third party if you take the route of going into a separate civil action. When an employer has been negligent, you are always entitled to benefits if this is proven. An attorney is one of the best people to have on your side, defending your case.
So, do you believe that you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits? Have your questions gone unanswered and you don’t know where to turn? Now you might have a better understanding of a few separate people and entities to contact. If you’re still coming up short, you can always contact an attorney at WTW to speak about your case and see what you are entitled to. Call now!
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