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Employer Responsibility After Reporting a Work Injury
Even if you are careful, you can still get injured while at work. In 2017, there were 2.8 million workplace injuries and illnesses in the United States. Many of these injuries involved musculoskeletal disorders, sprains, strains and tears.
It is important that employees always inform their employers when they suffer a workplace accident. After all, some injuries do not present themselves until days later and medical bills can be expensive. By reporting the incident, you can receive workers’ compensation benefits.
Once you inform your employer of your injuries, what happens next? Your employer has several responsibilities to help move the claim along through the process and ensure you get the support you need during this time.
Assess the Situation
Employers need to assess what happened and how badly the employee is injured. If the injuries are minor, then basic first aid may be all that is needed. For more serious injuries, the employer should call an ambulance and ensure employee is taken to a hospital for appropriate medical care.
All injuries should be documented and all evidence should be gathered. Surveillance footage and witness testimony should be collected and reviewed.
Complete the Required Paperwork
Under Connecticut law, the employer is required to file a report when an employee is injured. The “Employer’s First Report of Occupational Injury or Illness” form must be submitted to the Workers’ Compensation Commission within seven days of notification of the injury. This form must be submitted whether or not the injury qualifies for workers’ compensation benefits. If the form is not submitted timely, the victim’s workers’ compensation award may be increased.
To ensure the employee receives benefits, the employer must also file a workers’ compensation claim with the company’s insurance provider.
Communication is key after a workplace injury. Employees should be made aware of the process and know what to expect. If any additional information is needed or if there are issues with the claim, the employee should be informed as quickly as possible.
When employers deny a claim for an invalid reason, they can face legal action. If an employer ignores the claim or fails to do what they are legally bound to do, they can face a lawsuit. They can avoid this by keeping the lines of communication open.
Taking Legal Action
If you were involved in a workplace accident that led to significant injuries, and your employer denied your valid workers’ compensation claim, you may need to take legal action. A lawsuit will show your employer that you deserve to receive compensation for your damages.
Don’t handle this type of situation on your own. With more than 30 years of experience helping injured workers with their claims, seek help from the Law Offices of Thomas E. Porzio, LLC. Contact the Waterbury, Connecticut office today, and call (203) 573-0019 to schedule a consultation.