Going to work everyday is likely a normal part of your daily routine most days of the week. But an unexpected accident can make it difficult or impossible to work and harm your ability to complete normal daily tasks, like driving, cooking, childcare and other responsibilities.
According to the State of Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Commission, you can receive medical, temporary total disability, temporary partial disability, permanent partial disability, relapse or recurrence and job retraining benefits after a workplace accident. But there are steps you should take to protect your right to these workers’ compensation benefits following the accident.
1. Report your injury immediately
Do not assume that telling a coworker or a friend about your injury after an accident is enough. Formally report your job-related injury and tell your employer about the accident as soon as possible.
2. See an authorized physician
For the workers’ compensation system to cover your medical treatment, you must see an authorized medical provider. Ask your employer for a list of company doctors before going to see a physician.
3. Update your employer
Notify your employers regarding any updates with your case and treatment. For example, tell your employer if your doctor says you cannot work or imposes other restrictions.
After the workplace accident, the responsibility of filing an official workers’ compensation claim falls to your employer. In addition to taking the steps listed above, check with your employer to make sure he or she filed the claim so you can begin receiving workers’ compensation benefits.