When you're injured at work, your first reaction may be fear for your job and finances. You know you're hurt, but you're wondering if it's bad enough to require medical attention or a report to the boss. You may even be afraid that if you report your injury, the boss might fire you.
These are fair concerns, but remember that your health is extremely important. If you are seriously hurt, you need to seek medical treatment immediately. If you are hurt, but are able to take care of some details before seeking medical treatment, follow these steps that will help your South Carolina workers' compensation case in the long run:
- Report your injury to your employer. Workers' compensation benefits are initiated through your employer's insurance, so your company’s management needs to know about your injury. Most workplaces will have established rules for handling injury reports, so follow your employer's instructions. While it is highly recommended that you report your injury immediately, please note that you have 90 days to report that injury. If you do not report your injury within 90 days, you might be denied benefits.
- Visit a doctor. Once your employer has been alerted to your injury, it's time to see a doctor. The sooner you get treated, the sooner you can file for workers' comp and start receiving benefits. In order to receive benefits, you must go to the doctor chosen by your employer or your employer’s insurance company. The exception: emergency care. If the situation is urgent, you can seek care from any available health care provider.
- Call a workers' compensation attorney. The South Carolina workers' compensation system is complicated, and if you don't have an attorney guiding you through it, you're likely to run into more than a few problems. A workers' comp lawyer will dedicate himself to making sure you are treated fairly.
If you were injured at work and would like help, contact Columbia workers' compensation attorney Kenneth Berger for a free consultation by calling (803) 790-2800.