If you have sustained a job-related injury, the first thing you must do is report your injury to your employer as soon as possible. Even if the injury seems minor, it may develop into a more significant injury over time. You should provide a detailed account of the circumstances which led to your injury (what, when, where and how it occurred) and your supervisor (or human resources department) should make a written report (or accident report) so that there is a record of the incident.
After reporting your injury, you should then ask your employer to inform you of the company-approved doctors so that you may be examined in relation to your workers’ compensation claim. Any medical examinations should be outside of your company-provided insurance coverage (if applicable). Your employer is responsible for making sure that you receive timely medical treatment after reporting your work-related injury and for covering all costs related thereto.
Duty of the Injured Party
It is the duty of the injured employee to report the injury to his or her employer so that the workers’ compensation examination process can begin, however, the employer (or its insurance carrier) will always be responsible for paying the related medical bills.
If you are denied medical treatment by your employer or its workers’ compensation insurance company, you can see your own doctor at your own expense, and be reimbursed for reasonable, personal medical expenses that pertain only to your work-related injury. However, seeking medical care through your own doctor should only be pursued if your employer denies you the opportunity to see a company-approved doctor able to assess your workers’ compensation claim. If this should occur, you should contact an attorney immediately.
Consulting a Lawyer
If you would like to know more, please feel free to call one of our North Charleston job injury attorney now. The initial consultation is absolutely free. Let one of our on the experienced injury lawyers give you straight answers to all your legal questions.