Steps to Take After a Work Injury

When you suffer an on-the-job accident, your first priority should be getting medical attention to treat your injuries. But after you’ve received treatment, you may not know what to do next—especially if your injury prevents you from returning to work.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville workers’ compensation attorneys know how important the hours and days after your accident can be for building a strong workers’ compensation claim. By following a few important steps, you can help maximize your chances of receiving the money you deserve for your medical bills and lost wages. Let us help you make the right decisions—dial (800) 363-9113 or fill out a free initial consultation form.

Reporting Your Injury

After your workplace injury, there are a few steps you must complete in order to file a claim for benefits:

  • Report your injuries to your supervisor.
    Tell your supervisor, manager, or foreman about the injuries you suffered.
  • Verify your employer reports your injury.
    Your employer has 30 days after the date of your injury or accident to report the incident to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Workers’ Compensation Division. Follow up with your employer to make sure this written report is submitted.
  • See a doctor.
    After your employer completes an accident report, you must see a doctor at your employer’s expense. It is important to inform your employer of your injury and obtain authorized medical treatment through your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance, rather than trying to seek medical treatment on your own. The doctor will examine your injuries and complete Form C42—“Agreement Between Employer/Employee Choice of Physician” —which your employer should send to the Workers’ Compensation Division.

Once these steps are complete, you may have to wait for a workers’ compensation claim adjuster with your employer’s insurance company to review your medical examination and determine if you’re eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. The Nashville workers’ compensation attorneys at Ponce Law know initial reviews aren’t always accurate, and we can fight to make sure you get the money you’re owed.