1. Always report your , work related injury to your supervisor as soon as it happens even if it a minor injury that you think is not severe.
2. If your report an injury make sure your employer gives your a DWC-1 Claim Form to fill out which body parts were injured and how it happened. Try to fill this out as accurately as possible.
3. Keep records and copies of all paperwork related to your injury such as your claim form, doctors visits, and any notes such as documenting what happened to you in an email
4. When you start work, you can predesignate a doctor to go to before an injury occurs. If you predesignate a doctor you can bypass employer health facilities and take control of your healthcare.
5. Keep records of days you miss work, days you visit doctors or therapists, how far you traveled to these places by tracking the miles you drove there and back, keep all receipts of any medication you had to purchase because of the injury,keep track of symptoms you have and worsening or improving conditions.
6. Sometimes injuries may also include civil actions against the employer if the injury was deliberate and willfull such as someone who harassed you or made you complete a task that they knew would result in harm.
7. Bring all your documents to your meeting with your attorney , organize them by date so they can have a clear history of what happened.
8.Some injuries are internal such as diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, high blood pressure. Make sure to see your regular doctor if you are experiencing these symptoms and inform your employer.
9. Filing a fake accident or fraudulent claim is against the law. Sometimes insurance companies will hire investigators to follow and film you and make sure you are not faking your injury. Be mindful of this and take it into consideration when filing a claim.
10. Try not to delay when you are hurt, there are deadlines in the workers compensation system that can affect your claim if you wait to long, it will be harder to prove your case with medical documentation so always get treatment right away and consult a lawyer as soon as possible.
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Andria Holt is a J.D. graduate of Pacific Coast University School of Law who has been employed in the California Workers' Compensation Field since 2008.
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