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What to know about filing for workers’ compensation benefits

| Jun 26, 2020 | workers' compensation

Workers in Arizona who are hurt while on the job are encouraged to first seek treatment for their injuries. After doing so, they should tell their employer about their injuries even if they seem minor. This is because symptoms of a concussion, whiplash or other health issues may not become apparent right away. It is also a good idea to provide both verbal and written notice about an incident that resulted in pain or discomfort.

When filing a workers’ compensation form, a worker will need to describe when and where an accident took place. This person will also need to describe the specific injuries that it caused and whether he or she sought medical treatment. Ideally, employees will make it a point to follow up on their claims after they have been submitted. Employees are also encouraged to keep detailed records about how a workplace incident has impacted them either physically or financially.

Employers are not allowed to retaliate against individuals who file workers’ compensation claims. After claims have been received, companies will send them to their workers’ compensation insurance provider as well as to the state authorities. Employees will be notified when a decision has been made in their case, and if their claim is approved, they will also be told how much they are entitled to receive.

Individuals who are hurt on the job might be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits even if they caused the accidents that led to their injuries. If a claim is approved, a person may receive compensation for lost wages and the cost of current and future medical bills. An attorney may help a person file a claim, find out the status of a claim or investigate why a request for benefits was denied.

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