Most employers take every precaution to protect the health and well-being of their employees. Unfortunately, in spite of their best efforts, accidents, injuries and illness still occur in the workplace. Federal and state laws outline the responsibilities and obligations of employers in these events, as well as the rights of injured employees. Know those rights and act promptly to ensure you receive the medical attention and compensation that are rightfully yours.
You have the right to seek medical attention following an accident in the workplace. People sometimes delay or refuse seeing a doctor out of fear of repercussions from their employer. In fact, law prohibits an employer from taking any action against an employee for reporting or seeking medical attention for a workplace injury or for filing a workers compensation claim. See a doctor following an accident, even if you think you are alright or that the injury is not severe. Symptoms of injuries sometimes surface hours or days after an accident. Failing to see a doctor could jeopardize receiving benefits to which you are entitled.
You have the right to whatever treatment is necessary to heal a workplace injury. There may be restrictions on which doctors you can consult, so be sure to report the accident immediately and ask for instructions on how to obtain medical care. Follow the doctor’s instructions, get all tests, treatments and therapy that are ordered, and show up for any scheduled follow-up visits to the doctor.
You have a right to compensation during the time you are convalescing. Depending on the state in which you live, these payments may be called workers comp, disability payments, indemnity, or income replacement. The payments should be made to you until your doctor clears you to return to work.
If you are permanently disabled as a result of an occupational injury, you have a right to vocational counseling and retraining. Your employer will have to provide a vocational counselor to help you explore alternative work that is within the limits of your capabilities.
You have the right to seek legal counsel if you feel any of the benefits due you are being withheld. If your employer fails to provide timely responses to your inquiries, denies you medical attention, tries to talk you out of filing a claim, takes punitive action against you for reporting the accident of filing a claim, or if your claim is denied, contact an attorney with experience in workers comp and personal injury law. He or she can review your case and recommend a course of action to help you receive the benefits to which you are entitled.
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