Being injured on the job can bring with it a host of issues you’d probably rather not deal with. Aside from taking care of yourself and your injuries, you are probably thinking about the financial setback your workplace injury has become. The good news is you might qualify for workers’ compensation.
Be sure you report the injury to your employer as soon as possible so he or she can make the report to the state’s workers’ compensation board. It’s important you are compensated what you deserve for your injuries. As you work through the process, you’ll be asked to sign some documents. The following are some forms you should and should not sign.
An Authorization for Medical Records
You should sign an authorization for medical records. The insurance company needs to see that your injuries began on the day you were injured. They’ll need to confirm the medical care you have undergone. Having these records is evidence to back up your claim, making processing the workers’ comp claim more smooth.
An Employee Verification Form
To receive benefits, it’s necessary to sign an employee verification form. This form will prove you were employed at the location you claimed, that you were employed at the time of your injury and what wages you are missing out on. In most cases, you only have 30 days to get this form signed or you could lose your benefits. If you have another source of income, you still need to complete this document.
A Supplemental Agreement
Most supplemental agreements state you are recovered and able to get back to work. In some of the verbiage, it may also state your benefits have been closed, which is why you shouldn’t sign this form until you have reviewed it with your lawyer. If you truly have recovered to your fullest, your lawyer may recommend you sign it, but you should get his or her confirmation first.
A Final Receipt
Again, this document also states you are fully recovered and the case is closed, which is why you should be careful about signing it. If you’re feeling pressure to do so, give your attorney a call to discuss what is in the receipt and whether you should sign it.
Getting a Lawyer’s Help
There will be a lot to handle when you’re taking care of a workplace injury, but you shouldn’t sign anything you’re uncertain about. Contact an on the job injury attorneysfor for more information on how to get started.