If you live in Hyannis, MA and you got into a serious work related accident, you are probably entitled to workers’ compensation. Almost every employer in Massachusetts and other states as well, is required to provide their employees with workers compensation insurance coverage.
With that said, if you suffered a work related injury, there are certain steps you must take to ensure you protect your rights.
Report The Accident
If you want to increase your chances of being covered under workers compensation, you must report your accident immediately even if you don’t think you’ve been injured.
You can read all about workers compensation law in Massachusetts for in depth information.
You don’t need to realize your injuries right away in order to make an accident report and you don’t need to wait to realize your injuries in order to make a report. If you wait, you could run into problems because many states have a short time period within which you must report a work related injury in order to get workers compensation.
See A Doctor
You should see a doctor as soon as possible following your accident even if you are not seriously injured. But if your injuries aren’t serious, you can talk to your employer to see if they can recommend a doctor you can visit to get your injuries looked at.
Of course, you have the option of choosing your own doctor even if workers compensation won’t pay for it. It’s better to spend a little more on doctor’s fees than lose out on a whole lot more in workers compensation.
Report your injuries
You might have reported your accident but you didn’t know you were injured at the time you reported. As soon as you discover your injury, let your employer now so that they can file a workers compensation claim with their insurance company on your behalf.
It is up to you to notify your employer if you suffered an injury and to do a follow to ensure that they actually file the claim. Ask for a copy of the claim for future reference in case you encounter any problems.
You Can’t Sue Your Employer
In exchange for workers compensation insurance, the law protects employers from workplace injury lawsuits filed by employees. This isn’t bad news at all because with workers compensation, you will still get compensation even if the accident was entirely your fault.
There are some obvious situations, however, where you won’t be compensated. If the accident happened because you were drunk or high on illegal drugs, you won’t be compensated.
Talk To A Hyannis Work Injury Lawyer If You Run Into Problems
You may want to talk to a Hyannis work injury lawyer with vast experience handling workers compensation claims. Handling a workers compensation claim while recovering from your injuries can be overwhelming.
We will walk you through the entire process of filing a workers compensation claim, we will answer all questions you have regarding your case, we can find out what your current and past medical bills are and we will listen to your side of the story.
We can come to your home, your hospital room or you can come to our Kevin P Landry Offices in Hyannis to schedule your free initial consultation. You can also call us at 508-775-1660.