Tips for Making a Workplace Accident Report
Tips for Making a Workplace Accident Report
Suffering an injury on the job can be devastating. You might wind up missing an extended period at work that can cause you to go into major financial problems. It’s important to know the workers’ compensation laws in New Jersey so you know what you can claim and how much money you can receive for your work-related injuries. Today, we will examine some important tips for making a workplace accident report so you don’t miss out on the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve.
Make a Report Immediately
The most important piece of advice you must follow when injured on the job is to make an accident report immediately. Even though there is a statute of limitations in place you should make the report sooner rather than later. Most of these work-related claims need to be reported within 30 days of the injury or illness. Failing to report the injury in a timely manner could very well lead to you losing out on the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve.
Items to Include in the Accident Report
Most employers have a workers’ compensation claim form that they provide to their employees when an incident occurs. If your employer does not have such a form you need to obtain one from the workers’ compensation board in New Jersey. The items you need to include on the accident report include the following:
- Personal information
- Information related to the accident
- An explanation about the cause of the accident
- The type of injury, including a list of all body parts injured
- The parties involved in the accident
- The date, the time, and the location of the accident
- The medical care you’ve received to date
Be sure to make a copy of the form after filling it out and submit the original version to your employer. The minute you submit this form to your employer the workers’ compensation claims process has begun.
How to Keep the Claim on Track
There are a handful of things you can do to keep the claim on track so that it does not go stale. The best thing you can do to keep the claim on track is keep excellent records about the accident and your injuries. The records you keep should include the following items:
- Notes that detail how the injury you suffered affected your work
- All the forms you completed and the documents you’ve received
- Copies of all medical reports
- Receipts for all out-of-pocket expenses related to the accident
- Time sheets, pay stubs, and paychecks
You should make copies of any other document you think is necessary for your workers’ compensation claim. These documents could wind up helping you secure a significant amount of money for your injuries.
The Next Steps
The next steps in the workers’ compensation process all involve the employer and the claims administrators. Your employer will complete their portion of the form you submitted and will submit it to the state workers’ compensation board. Once the form is filed with the board a claims administrator will reach out to you within a reasonable amount of time to discuss your claim. The administrator will tell you if the claim was approved or denied. If the claim was approved, the administrator will tell you how much money you will receive.
Contact an Atlantic City Workers’ Compensation Lawyer to Discuss Your New Jersey Workplace Injury Case
A workplace injury can be devastating, particularly if it prevents you from returning to work for an extended period of time. Although New Jersey Workers’ Compensation laws are supposed to provide you with reimbursement for medical expenses and replacement pay for missed time at work, it is not always easy to get the Workers’ Comp benefits you deserve. That is why you should speak with a knowledgeable Workers’ Compensation lawyer about your situation and get guidance throughout the claims process. The experienced Workers’ Compensation attorneys at The Law Firm of Christopher A. Brown represent clients in Atlantic City and all across New Jersey. Call 609-336-4144 or email us today to schedule a free consultation about your work injury case. Our main office is located at 3123 Atlantic Avenue Suite 201 Atlantic City, NJ 08401.
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