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Dos & Don’ts for Injured Workers

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If you are injured at work, there are a few things you should—and shouldn’t—do. At Wagner Reese, we are committed to helping injured workers throughout Indiana fight for their rights and the just compensation they are owed. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of dos and don’ts for injured Indiana workers.

Read on to learn more, or contact our Indianapolis work injury attorneys for a free consultation regarding your case.

What to do and what not to do if you are injured at work:

  • Don’t ignore a work injury hoping it will go away.
  • Do immediately report work injuries to your supervisor.
  • Don’t go to the ER or your family doctor alone.
  • Do get authorization from your employer and go to their doctor.
  • Don’t refuse to cooperate with the workers’ compensation carrier.
  • Do give a recorded statement to the workers’ comp insurance adjuster and sign a medical consent form (limit consent to 60 days).
  • Don’t lie or conceal a prior injury—that’s what they want you to do.
  • Do be completely truthful with the workers’ comp adjuster; an aggravation of a prior injury is covered under worker’s compensation.
  • Don’t miss any doctor or therapy appointments. Your obligation to go to physical therapy is the same as your obligation to go to work. A missed doctor’s appointment could result in the termination of your weekly disability benefits.
  • Do call the doctor’s office and the nurse case manager ahead of time if you are unable to make a doctor appointment just like you would with your job.
  • Don’t perform work in excess of your work restrictions.
  • Do tell the doctor/nurse case manager/union rep immediately if your employer is forcing you to violate your work restrictions.

Have more questions about your workers’ comp or work-related injury claim? Contact Wagner Reese online or by phone at (888) 204-8440 for a free consultation with our Indianapolis work accident attorneys.

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