Work Injury Compensation Claim Process
In 2016, the National Safety Council reported 4.5 million work-related injuries requiring medical attention. San Antonio workers run a high risk of experiencing a workplace injury and may find themselves navigating the work injury compensation claim process. In many cases, seeking the advice of an attorney with experience in workers’ compensation will keep you from losing out on compensation to which you are entitled.
Many injured workers aren’t sure how to claim work injury compensation. Since Texas does not require all employers to carry workers compensation insurance, the first thing you should do is find out if your employer participates in the program. If they do, you will likely need to pursue your claim through an established process.Navigating the Workers’ Compensation Procedure
First, be sure you report your injury to your employer immediately. In most cases, you may have up to thirty days from your accident to report your injury, but it is in your best interest to let your employer know right away to avoid any doubts.
Second, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Depending on your situation, you may be asked to see a doctor approved by your employer.
Third, you should complete the Employee’s Claim for Compensation for a Work-Related Injury or Occupational Disease (DWC Form-041). This notifies your employer about your intent to pursue a workers’ compensation claim.What Happens if Your Claim is Denied?
But what do you do if you follow established procedures and your claim is denied? Do you have any recourse? The answer is, “yes,” but you need to act quickly in such an instance because time is of the essence.
If your company denies your claims, disputes appropriate medical treatment, or does not provide workers’ compensation in the first place, this is when you will most need the help of an attorney in San Antonio. An attorney will know how to claim work injury compensation for you and is an invaluable resource in making sure your rights are protected. There have been many instances where employers and insurance companies are counting on being able to deny the claim without any regard for your rights. Your attorney will act as your advocate in the workers’ compensation claim process.
San Antonio workers’ compensation lawyers can also keep the process moving along smoothly. For example, there is a work injury claim time limit, and if you miss this deadline, the court may deem your claim forfeited without any possibility of recovery. An experienced attorney is well-versed with the process and will make sure you don’t miss important deadlines and keep you updated on your work injury claim status.
Your attorney will also be able to determine the value of your claim. While you may be able to find any number of work injury claim calculators online, a workers’ compensation lawyer will take into account the details unique to your situation to come up with the most accurate assessment of your claim.Call Carabin Shaw Today
If you have been injured at work and are pursuing an accident at work injury claim, contact the San Antonio workers’ compensation lawyers of Carabin Shaw. We have decades of experience helping men and women injured at work received compensation from their employer.
Your first step is to contact our San Antonio office to schedule a free, no-obligation initial consultation. During this meeting, we will meet with you to discuss the details of your accident and treatment. When you decide to let us work for you, we will interact with your employer and their insurance company on your behalf so you can focus on healing and getting back to work.
It is important to note that all of our attorneys work strictly on a contingency fee basis. This means we do not charge any fees until we win your case.
If you’ve been the victim of a San Antonio work injury accident, call the Law Office of Carabin Shaw today at 800-862-1260.