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You report an accident and injury at work – WHAT HAPPENS NEXT ?

You report an accident and injury at work – WHAT HAPPENS NEXT ?

According to the workers compensation law (chapter 440, Florida statutes) after an employee reports an injury the employer is supposed to fill out a workers comp notice of injury form and it should be signed by the employee and employer. Unless there is an emergency, the employee is given a copy of that form to take to the medical facility chosen by the employer. If none is chosen, then it is best to go to an urgent care center rather than an emergency room, unless of course, your injury is truly an emergency and needs immediate special care.
Sometimes the employer does not fill out a notice of injury form, and when you get to the Dr., have them call your employer so that the bill will be sent to the workers comp insurance company and not you. The notice of injury form is supposed to also be sent to the employer’s workers compensation carrier. The case should be assigned to an adjuster who should call you to ask about the facts of the accident and your injury. You should speak with them so that you can get the medical care that you need as soon as possible. The adjuster should also send within a week to you several pieces of paper that will explain to you, among other things, your workers compensation rights and responsibilities, as well as their responsibility. The adjuster should also give you, when you talk with him/her, contact information so you can get in touch with the adjuster. The adjuster is the person that has to approve whatever treatment the initial medical provider says is necessary.
The key is to get a line of communication going between you and the adjuster so you can get to the doctors. If that does not happen, then we will be happy to intercede and help you get the medical care that you are entitled to, as well as any lost wages. There is no charge for that service and please feel free to contact us at our website or phone number. 850-434-3571