You may have recently been injured at your workplace. An injury such as an electrical burn, gash, broken bone or concussion could be keeping you from returning to work. You shouldn’t let an injury cause you to lose your job. Filing a workers’ compensation claim can protect your rights as an employee and help you recover from your losses.
If this is your first workers’ compensation claim then you should take note of a couple of important rules you need to follow:
Don’t wait to report your injury
Reporting your injury is possibly the most important step to getting workers’ compensation. The longer you wait to report your injury the harder it will be to claim your benefits. Maryland law requires that you communicate your injury within 10 business days of the injury.
It doesn’t matter if you have a hot date in an hour or you just wanted to get home for a cool shower, you shouldn’t wait to report your injury. It can be hard to convince your employer that you were injured on the job if you waited to report it.
Your rights are protected when filing a workers’ compensation claim
Some employers may bend over backward to ensure you recover from your injuries. Other employers, however, aren’t as obliging when an employee has to file for workers’ compensation.
An employer might try to intimidate you into not filing a claim for benefits. You might find an employer using underhanded tactics to push you to quit – such as cutting pay or changing your job description. As an employee your right to file for workers’ compensation without your employer retaliating against you is absolute.
If you’re unsure how to proceed with your workers’ compensation claim then you may need legal counseling to help point you in the right direction.