Workers’ compensation laws are complex, and no two cases are identical. According to the Texas Department of Insurance, employers do not have to purchase insurance coverage for employees, but they must inform you of this. However, companies must comply with safety regulations in the workplace.
If you were injured while performing work-related duties, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, time off work and other losses. If the incident happened in Texas, contact the Robson Law Firm.
An Austin construction accident lawyer can investigate your accident, gather evidence and structure your claim. Call 512-345-8200 to schedule a free initial consultation. Until then, read on to learn five tips that may improve your claim’s chance of success:
1. Notify Your Boss Immediately
According to the Texas Workforce Commission, you have 30 days to file a report with your employer. It is important to note that your company may have internal rules that require you to file your report on the day of your injury.
Unfortunately, it is not always possible for injured workers to notify their employers immediately. Some injuries take several days to notice. Other complications, such as illnesses from chemical exposure, develop over time. You should notify your employer as soon as you are aware of the problem.
2. Schedule an Appointment with Your Doctor
In order for your claim to be successful, your injury attorney must be able to provide evidence of an actual injury. This is why it is so important to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
According to USAttorneys.com, medical reports may be valuable evidence in a workers’ compensation claim. If you put off treatment, then it may be difficult to tie your injury to work-related duties.
3. Tell Your Doctor Where the Injury Happened
It is important that your doctor knows your injury occurred at work. He or she will record this in a report, which may help strengthen your claim. Doctors rarely spend time investigating the cause of an injury. Their focus is primarily on treatment.
4. Learn Your Treatment Options
In Texas, you must use a doctor from the list provided by your company’s insurance network. Get this list from your employer.
5. Understand Workers’ Compensation Laws
Employees are not automatically entitled to workers’ compensation for their injuries. In fact, it is their duty to provide proof that the injury qualifies.
The injury must be a direct result of performing work-related duties. If your employer or the insurance company denies your claim, then you may have to present evidence to demonstrate that you are entitled to benefits. An injury attorney can help you with this process.
If you were injured on the job in Texas, contact the Robson Law Firm. An Austin injury attorney can quantify the damages to ensure you pursue the compensation that you deserve.
We have been representing the injured for more than 20 years, and we have recovered more than $26 million for our clients. Call 512-345-8200 to schedule a free initial consultation.