After a workplace accident that results in injury, you must notify your supervisor and make sure that a written accident report is filed. Do this regardless of the extent of your injuries. If your injury causes you problems later but you did not report the accident that caused it, you could be denied workers’ compensation.
You should report your injury to your employer within 30 days to ensure your eligibility for workers’ comp benefits. If you need medical treatment because of a worksite accident, be sure to request medical treatment in the accident report you submit to your employer.
Under New Jersey workers’ compensation law, your employer and/or its insurance carrier can select the healthcare providers to treat injured workers for work-related injuries. In New York, the treating healthcare provider must be authorized by the Workers’ Compensation Board, except in an emergency situation.
Another good move is to contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney after a workplace accident that causes an injury resulting in time away from work. Workers’ comp is a complicated program, and any misstep could delay or otherwise harm your claim. An experienced attorney can help you navigate it more smoothly.