One of the most important parts of any case is the history of your injury that you provide to your doctor when you first see him or her.
If you were hurt during a specific incident, make sure to tell your doctor how you were hurt, when you were hurt, where the injury took place, and who else was present. Tell him about the pain and symptoms that you have been experiencing. Also be sure to describe in detail all of the body parts that you have injured. Even if one injury hurts more than the others, make sure to tell your doctor about every single injury.
If you have been hurt by repetitive-work activities, be specific about the number of movements that you make. For instance, tell your doctor about the number of times you lift or grip things in an hour, day, or week.
If you have been hurt by exposure at work, whether it is to a hot, humid environment, chemicals, or any other environmental condition, be specific when you tell your doctor about the pain and symptoms that you have due to that exposure.
If you leave work and become better, and then return to work and experience an increase in your symptoms, be specific when you tell your doctor about any changes in your condition.
It is important to be accurate and honest the first time that you seek treatment with your doctor, for both your health and your workers’ compensation claim.
If you’ve been hurt on the job, one of the main things you need to remember is to notify your employer after the accident.
When should you do that? As soon as is practical after the accident.
Whom should you tell? Tell your supervisor or a lead person at your company. If there was a witness to the accident, also tell that person. In addition, you may want to tell a company nurse or human-resources director.
How do you report the accident? This can be verbal, but the best way to report your accident is in writing. Most employers have accident forms – if your employer has one, use that to report the incident.
When you fill out the form, be specific about how you got hurt, when you got hurt, the date of the accident, who was there, and the pain and symptoms that you have suffered due to that experience. Be specific when you describe the body parts you injured. You may have a primary injury, such as an injury to your back or your neck. Or, you may have a secondary injury, such as an injury to your arm, shoulder, or leg. Make sure you tell your employer about every single injury that you suffered in the accident by writing it down on the accident form.
If you have any questions about whether you have properly notified your employer of an accident, seek the advice of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney and discuss your claim with them.