If your employer has written policies about reporting workplace accidents, be sure to follow them. If there are no policies, report the accident to your supervisor and the personnel or human resources department. Be sure to state when and where your accident happened, and that it occurred while you were on the job. Keep a copy of your report and any other records of your injury.
If you need medical treatment for your injury, your accident report should ask your employer to provide medical treatment for you.
Your employer may name a doctor to treat your injury. You must see the doctor your employer sends you to, or in New York, a doctor previously authorized by your employer. You must also follow this doctor’s instructions for treatment and care, or you may jeopardize your workers’ compensation claim.
If you are confused about what you should do, or believe what you are being asked to do is against your best interests, you should contact the Ginarte law firm to discuss your case. Our workers’ compensation lawyers can make sure your claim proceeds as smoothly as possible, and that your right to benefits is protected.