Workers Compensation Attorneys in Fort Smith Explain What to Do Following an Injury at Work
There are a variety of steps you must take after an accident
When you suffer an injury at work, it is difficult to think or act clearly. You might feel anxious about your future or unsure about how you will pay for your medical costs. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Craig L. Cook recently compiled a list of steps that you should follow after a workplace injury.
With more than 40 years of combined legal experience, you can trust in our knowledge to help make the time after your injury less stressful. Our objective is to relieve your anxiety and put you in a position where you can receive as much compensation as possible to help in your recovery.
What should I do following an injury at work?
If you ever suffer an injury at work, here are the steps the lawyers from The Law Offices of Craig L. Cook recommend you take:
- Tell your employer what happened. You must do this as soon as possible, before your statute of limitations expires. File a report when you first suffer your injury or when you first notice the effects of a long-term injury or condition, such as on-the-job stresses or hearing loss. Once you tell your supervisors about your injury, they must inform you within several weeks about the benefits you can receive.
- Get medical attention. Going to the doctor is important to seek treatment for your injury and to determine the extent of your injury. This helps in determining the compensation for which you may be eligible.
- File your claim. If your employer fails to notify you about the status of your benefits within 21 days or simply denies your claim completely, you must file your own claim. While you can choose to file your claim yourself, we strongly recommend that you work with a lawyer, as the process can be difficult and confrontational. It’s better to let us take the stress of the process on while you focus on your physical recovery.
- Never sign anything without consulting an attorney. Employers might attempt to get you to waive some of your rights in exchange for compensation, but many times the agreement is for significantly less than you would receive through a workers compensation plan.
Call our Arkansas or Oklahoma workers compensation attorneys today
When you need assistance in filing a workers compensation claim, contact the attorneys from The Law Offices of Craig L. Cook online or call 479-222-1705. We provide free consultations during our flexible office hours at our three convenient locations in western Arkansas.