A work injury can have serious implications for your health, income, and future. For this reason, it is crucial to act quickly—both to limit the scope of your symptoms and to secure the compensation you are owed. Below, learn more about the steps you should take.
What to Do If You're Injured at Work
1. Seek Medical Care
Obtain first aid, call paramedics, or visit a doctor as soon as possible after an on-the-job injury. You may be required to see a doctor of your employer's choosing. Tell the provider in detail the nature of the injury and the severity of your pain. Follow their care plan as prescribed and attend all subsequent visits as stipulated.
2. Report the Injury
In Nevada, you must report a work injury in writing to your employer within seven days. Your employer will typically fill out an accident report that includes information about the injury, the events that transpired, and the names and accounts of eyewitnesses to the accident.
You should also consider gathering some of your own evidence, such as taking pictures of the broken stair railing or malfunctioning equipment that caused your injury.
3. File a Claim
In general, you have 90 days from the date of the accident to file a claim with an employer's insurance carrier. First, fill in your part of Form C-4. Then, the doctor will fill out their part before sending a copy to your employer and employer's insurer. Keep a copy of all documents for your personal records.
4. Receive a Decision
Within 30 days of submitting the C-4 form, the insurer will issue an approval or denial of your claim. If you are denied, the denial will include the necessary steps to take to appeal the decision. At any stage of an application or appeal, an attorney will help you understand your rights and legal options.
You aren't alone when a work injury jeopardizes your health and financial stability. Kidwell & Gallagher in Elko, NV, has been serving clients throughout the state for more than 20 years. They offer legal representation in all types of work and personal injury claims. They will help you navigate this stressful time and fight for your right to compensation. Call (775) 738-1000 to schedule a consultation. Visit their website to learn more about their practice areas.