If you are injured at work you must inform your employer within 30 days of the date of your injury. Report ALL injuries, not just those that your employer thinks are serious.
Your employer will then report the injury to their insurance company. The insurance company will decide whether to pay you, on a voluntary basis, a portion of your lost wages and medical expenses related to your work injury.
While this should be a straightforward process, it can become very complicated. Insurance companies do not like to pay benefits. In addition, your employer may deny you benefits based on a whole range of excuses, such as a “pre-existing” injury they claim you have. They may state that you can still work regular duty or even that your injury did not happen at work.
At the first sign of any problems with your claim for benefits you need to speak with a lawyer that specializes in Workers’ Compensation law. We at Irwin & Morris will evaluate your case and answer your Workers’ Compensation questions for free.