When you leave your house to go to work in the morning, you probably do not expect to get hurt. Unfortunately, accidents can happen from time to time. Even though a lot of people associate workplace accidents with construction, electrical work, and even warehouse injuries, it is even possible for you to get hurt if you sit at the computer and type on a daily basis. Fortunately, workers’ compensation may cover the cost of your injuries, and employers should offer reliable Workers' Compensation Insurance.
So, if you have suffered a workplace injury in Florida, what should you do? There are several important steps you need to follow.
If you have suffered an injury on the job, the first thing you need to do is inform your employer. As long as you are mentally competent, you should let your co-workers know what happened. You should also let your boss know that you have been hurt on the job. That way, you can quickly mark your injury at a point in time. If you delay reporting your injury, your employer may question whether it actually happened at work. You do not want to leave any doubt, and your employer may need to report the injury. Therefore, let them know what happened before you move forward.
You should also seek medical care as quickly as possible. Even though you may feel fine, you do not want to delay appropriate medical care. There are some injuries that may not immediately show symptoms, so you need to get checked out by a doctor as quickly as possible.
When you visit the doctor, make sure you explain all of your injuries in detail. There is no such thing as a stupid question when you visit the doctor, and nothing is ever unnecessary. It is always better to give the doctor too much information than not enough.
Your doctor is probably going to run a variety of diagnostic tests. This could include lab work and imaging scans. It is important to get a complete picture of what happened. That way, your doctor will have an easier time diagnosing the injury. This is important for developing a comprehensive treatment plan that can place you in the best position possible to recover.
If your employer has filed a claim with workers’ compensation insurance, the insurance company might reach out to you. You do not want to talk to the insurance company on your own. You never know what the insurance company is going to ask, and they may be looking for conflicting information. They might also be looking for a way to get out of covering your claim. You do not want to give them this opportunity.
That is why you should make sure you have a legal professional in your corner. An attorney understands how this process unfolds, and he or she is there to defend your rights. You need to make sure you have someone who can represent your best interests, which is why you should work with a legal professional.
Speaking of working with a legal professional, lawyers tend to specialize in a certain area. That is why you need to find an attorney who specializes in workers' compensation law. You will need to find someone who has experience dealing with workers’ compensation in the state of Florida. There are a lot of regulations that have been put in place by the Office of Insurance Regulation, and you need to work with someone who can guide you through the process. That way, you know you are placing yourself in the best position possible to recover damages from your injury.
If you are unable to return to work immediately, you might end up losing income. This can make it difficult to make ends meet, and you need to rely on workers’ compensation to help as you recover. An attorney can help you make sure your rights are defended.
Critically, you need to follow the advice of your doctor during the recovery process. You may feel like you are getting better, but you always need to go to all of your follow-up appointments. Even if you feel like they are unnecessary, you need to show all regulatory bodies that you are doing everything you can to recover. Even though you may be worried about the medical expenses associated with the recovery process, this is not the time to worry about that. You always need to place your recovery first, which means following the advice of your doctor.
As you recover, you should also keep a journal of the process. If you feel like you are getting better, you should write this down. If you feel like you are getting worse, you should write this down as well. You should also keep track of all medical expenses you incur during the recovery process. That way, your lawyer can help you seek financial compensation related to the accident.
Finally, you need to ask any questions you might have along the way. It is normal to hesitate before you ask a question. You might feel like what you are asking is obvious. Remember that there is no such thing as a dumb question, and you always need to follow the advice of an experienced professional. The only bad question is the one that is not asked.
You may be going through this process for the first time, and nobody expects you to behave like a lawyer. That is why you are working with a workers’ compensation attorney who can point you in the right direction. If you want to make yourself whole again, medically and financially, you need to follow the advice of a professional. That is where we can help you.
If you have been hurt in Florida, you need to work with someone who can advocate for your best interests. At Vasilaros Wagner, we have an unparalleled level of experience in the world of workers’ compensation law, and we can use this to help you. Our top priority is to help you recover from your injuries. We can also help you seek appropriate compensation for your workplace accident.
If you would like to learn more about how we can help you, please contact us today for a free case consultation.