Were you recently hurt on the job? If so, you may be dealing with severe pain and disability. This can create an uncertain future for you and your loved ones, especially if you’re afraid that you might not be able to go back to work and earn the paycheck you depend on.
Thankfully, injured workers like you aren’t without recourse. Indiana’s workers’ compensation system allows hurt employees an opportunity to file claims to get a percentage of their income replaced while they recover from their injuries. But to be eligible, injured workers must take the right steps, including talking to the right people.
There are two people you should talk to right away after a workplace injury:
- Your supervisor – You must report the accident to your supervisor as soon as possible to be eligible for workers’ compensation. Reporting your injury not only formally begins the workers’ compensation process, but it can also make your supervisor aware of potentially dangerous equipment or working conditions.
- An experienced Indiana workers’ compensation attorney – Unfortunately, getting approved for workers’ compensation is rarely a cut-and-dry process. There are many pitfalls and red tape that stand in the way of you and the benefits you deserve. Having an attorney on your side levels the playing field and frees you up to focus on your recovery.
Whether you’re talking to your supervisor, a workers’ compensation representative, or your attorney, it’s important to always tell the truth about what happened. Facts are your best weapons when it comes to getting money for your injury.
Don’t wait to get the help you need. Contact Stewart & Stewart today for a free consultation.