When you get hurt at work, one of the first things you should do is fill out an accident report. This is generally a requirement if you’re going to file a workers’ compensation claim in order to get your injury costs covered. Here, we’ll let you know when you need to file your report, what to include in the report and advice to help make your case.
When Should You File Your Report?
The moment you realize you’ve sustained a work-related injury or an illness from work, you should fill out your accident report. Most states require that you report your work-related accident within 30 days of the incident, but it’s always best to do it as soon as possible. If you wait too long, you might forfeit your rights to receiving workers’ compensation.
Your employer should have the proper paperwork for you to complete, but if they don’t, you can get one by contacting the Tennessee state workers’ compensation board. Be sure to make a copy of the report for your own records before you submit it to your employer.
What Should You Include in Your Report?
Your work-related accident report requires you to include your personal information and all information relating to your accident. This includes who was involved in the accident, how it happened, where it happened, the date and time the accident occurred, what body parts are affected and any medical treatment you’ve received.
Keep All Records of Your Work Related Accident
After you submit your report to your employer, they should fill out their appropriate sections and send it to the workers’ compensation board office and claims administrator. The claims administrator will then contact you after a period of time to inform you about whether they accepted your claim and how much you will receive in compensation.
During this period, you should maintain meticulous records of everything relating to your case. Any information about your incident and condition may help you during your case or if there’s an issue with your claim. Relevant information includes copies of all of the forms you have completed and any documents that you have received, your medical reports, timesheets and pay stubs and receipts for any upfront costs like travel to and from medical appointments and for medications.
It can also greatly benefit you to take notes about how your condition affects you and your ability to work and perform specific tasks. Take note of all the people involved in your claim, and document and date any conversations and discussions you have with them about your case.
Contact a Lawyer at Mitch Grissim & Associates
If you experienced a work-related accident and are having difficulties receiving appropriate compensation, contact an experienced lawyer at Mitch Grissim and Associates in Nashville, TN. The specifics of workers’ compensation law are incredibly involved and can be confusing. Our lawyers are trained in workers’ compensation, so we can help you understand your situation and fight for your right to compensation.