In a previous blog posting, I wrote about reporting a work injury to the employer. In this blog, I want to discuss what happens in a worker’s compensation claim immediately after the injured worker reports the injury to the employer.
After over twenty-two years of practicing law in the worker's compensation field, there are questions which I am frequently asked. One of those questions is: "What happens after I'm hurt at work?" The first answer is obvious: Get medical attention!
All too often, injured workers come to me after a work injury and tell me that their employer sent them to the “company’s doctor.”
At first, the employer appears to be doing the injured worker a big favor by sending them to a doctor. But, if the worker’s injury doesn’t get better within a short amount of time that initial doctor selection by the employer and its workers compensation insurance company can have bad consequences for the injured worker. The reason for this is the potential conflict of interest of the employer, its workers compensation insurance company and injured worker. The conflict arises between an employer and its workers compensation insurance company that want to contain claim costs and an injured worker who simply wants to get better.