What to Do After a Work Injury
Posted By Recalde Law Firm, PLLC || 6-Oct-2015
Accidents can happen in all sorts of places even in places where you should feel like others are looking out for your safety and well-being, like your workplace. If you have been injured at work, you might be asking yourself, “Okay, now what?” Our Houston workers’ compensation attorneys at Recalde Law Firm, PLLC can explain what you should do after a work injury to ensure that you are receiving the compensation you need.
Report It and File Your Claim
The very first thing you need to do is report your injury. You must report to your employer within 30 days of when the injury occurred or from when you knew about your work related injury or illness. If you fail to report your injuries, you could forfeit your right to obtain benefits for your injuries. You must also make sure that you report the claim to a supervisor.
After you have reported the injury, you must send a completed DWC FORM-041 to the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation. This form, or an Employee’s Claim for Compensation for a Work-Related Injury or Occupational Disease, can help you attain compensation for losses caused by your injury, including medical bills and forced time off. Filing your claim must happen within one year of the date of your injury to ensure that your rights are being protected.
The most important thing to remember when attempting to attain compensation is take action as quickly as you can. Waiting around to file your claim can hurt you in the long run. Don’t waste time and spoil your chances to attain benefits that you are legally entitled to.
What If I’m Having Problems?
Sometimes, you can do exactly as you are supposed to and still find yourself struggling to attain the coverage and benefits you need. If that happens, contact our Houston workers’ compensation lawyer for assistance. We can provide aggressive litigation and pursue the compensation you deserve for your injures. Don’t let your rights go unprotected!
Contact Recalde Law Firm, PLLC today and share your case details in a free consultation!