Employers in Westminster and their workers compensation insurance provider do not want to honor claims if they think they can get away with it. If you are injured while at work, you are entitled to benefits, and these benefits will continue to be paid until you are capable of returning to work. If you are denied what you know to be your rightful benefits, or your benefits are terminated prematurely, you need to hire an attorney. Your job is to ensure that follow the established procedure.
* Report The Injury There is only a small window of opportunity in which you must report the accident. If you fail to report within the allotted time, you can still file a claim, but it is in your best interest to avoid having to file late. If you have sustained a work-related injury, and you believe you will miss work, don’t wait. Report the incident to a supervisor immediately.
* Witnesses If the accident was witnessed by other workers, get their names. Witnesses that can attest to the circumstances may prove pivotal in the event of a dispute.
* Medical Care If you need to seek medical attention, do so. If your injuries are serious, ask to be taken immediately to the emergency room of a local hospital, don’t wait. Insurance companies are notorious for denying benefits; they will contend that you were not hurt if you didn’t get medical attention.
* Accident Report Make sure you complete a detailed report and sign it. If your injury is such that you cannot make the report when asked to by your employer, then don’t. It is better to wait until you can focus on the event and your mind is clear.
If you have questions or you are having trouble getting compensation, a seasoned attorney can help.
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