What To Do After a Work Injury
If you have been injured at work in Washington State, there are several steps you should take to ensure that you receive the appropriate medical treatment and compensation for your injuries. Here's what you can do:
1. Seek Medical Attention: The first and most important step after an injury is to seek medical attention. If the injury is an emergency, call 911 immediately. If it's not an emergency, inform your employer and request medical attention as soon as possible.
2. Report the Injury to Your Employer: Washington State law requires that you report your injury to your employer within 30 days of the incident. Be sure to complete the necessary forms and provide as much detail about the injury as possible.
3. File a Workers' Compensation Claim: You should file a workers' compensation claim as soon as possible after your injury. You can do this by contacting the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries or by speaking with your employer.
4. Follow Up with Medical Treatment: Make sure to follow the treatment plan provided by your medical provider. Attend all appointments, take all medications as prescribed, and report any changes or concerns to your provider.
5. Keep Records of Everything: Keep a record of all medical appointments, treatment, and expenses related to your injury. This will be important when filing your workers' compensation claim.
6. Consult with an Attorney: If you have any questions or concerns about your workers' compensation claim, it may be helpful to consult with an attorney who specializes in workers' compensation law.
Remember that workers' compensation is a no-fault system, which means that you don't need to prove that your employer was at fault for your injury to receive benefits. If you have been injured at work in Washington State, it's important to take these steps to ensure that you receive the appropriate medical treatment and compensation for your injuries.
If you have questions about your workers' compensation claim, Scott & Scott, PLLC can help. Call today at (206) 622-2200.