A work-related injury can be difficult to deal with, particularly if you are not able to work for a long time. For those who are hurt at work and cannot work, you may be entitled to worker's compensation benefits to pay for your medical expenses as well as money to pay your bills while you recover. In some cases, unfortunately, some employers may not be as cooperative as others when you try to make a worker's compensation claim. If this happens with your employer, here are some things you should know:
Why Is Your Employer Not Being Cooperative with Your Filing?
Although state laws require employers to provide information on worker's compensation benefits when requested by employees, some employers may not be as willing to offer it right away. Your company's human resources department should have this information available when you ask for it. There could be several reasons why your employer will not readily provide this information. Some employers simply may not be organized or proactive and do not have the information right away. Others may not want to deal with the paperwork and are procrastinating on following up with your claim information. Other more serious reasons may be due to a lack of payment of the company's worker's compensation insurance premium, which is a serious issue that could result in you not receiving any benefits and your employer landing themselves in legal trouble.
What Should You Do?
If you find yourself in which your employer is not working with you on your worker's compensation claim, there are some things you need to do. You first should ask your employer for a specific reason why they are not providing this information to you. It may simply be an oversight and can be fixed quickly. If you do not get a good reason as to why you cannot get the information you need, you need to take further action. You may need to speak to an attorney for the best results.
Should You Still Seek Medical Treatment?
Even if your employer is not moving your worker's compensation case forward as quickly as they should, you most definitely should still get medical treatment. You could have serious repercussions from your injury that could last for years or even the rest of your life.
When you go to the hospital or the doctor for your injuries, make sure you keep all of your medical records, prescriptions, medical bills, and any other documentation you receive. Your employer can still file the claim even after you have received treatment and reimburse you for your expenses.
Learn more about worker's compensation claims by contacting a workers comp legal professional today.Share