If you are injured at work or become ill due to conditions or specific events in your workplace, the first step is to report it to your supervisor. If your injury is not reported within a specific period of time (it is usually 30 days), you may lose the right to be granted workers’ compensation benefits, even those to which you would have been entitled if the incident had been reported within the stated period of time.
If the injury is work-related but was not apparent immediately and worsened over time, report it as soon as you come to think it was caused by the workplace.
Some states and some employers have their own claim forms which need to be completed to get workers’ compensation. If your employer doesn’t provide you with a claim form, you can ask the state workers’ compensation board for one.
What information do you need to complete the form? Usually it asks for the following information:
- What the injury is, including every body part affected. If you hurt your right arm, for example, and strained your left shoulder compensating for the injury, both should be itemized
- The date, time, and location of the accident
- how the injury or accident happened
- who the parties involved were
- any medical treatment you have needed, including doctor’s appointments, prescriptions, and physical therapy
Make a clean copy for yourself and keep it before giving it to your employer.
Once you turn it in to your employer, the claims process begins.