When you get hurt while working, the Wisconsin workers’ compensation program is meant to be there to provide you with coverage. There are steps you need to take starting the moment you’re injured so that you have the best chance of having your claim approved.
To start with, any time you’re hurt on the job, you need to seek first aid or care from a medical provider. The most important thing is, as always, your health.
After this, you have 24 hours to report your injury to your employer or supervisor. You should also let the employer or supervisor know if dangerous or hazardous conditions are still present.
What should you tell doctors when you seek care?
When you go to the hospital or see your medical provider, let them know that your injuries are work-related. They will provide you with specific paperwork that you should give to your supervisor or employer for the purpose of making a workers’ compensation claim.
Once the claim is in process, you should stay in touch with your supervisor or employer. If you’re asked for more information, try to provide it in a timely manner so that your claim can be approved quickly.
What happens if a claim is denied?
Sometimes, workers’ compensation claims are denied and leave you worried that you won’t be able to get the benefits you need. Fortunately, it is possible to appeal a denial. That’s something that your attorney can help you with if and when it occurs. Our website has more on the steps to take after getting hurt at work.