Getting hurt on the job is an overwhelming experience for many Alaska employees. It's not easy to know what to do next or how to navigate the steps that will follow if you want to file a workers' compensation claim. It can help to learn more about your rights and what to expect in the event that you find yourself injured in work-related incident.
There are certain things you can expect from your employer after a work accident and when you need to file a workers' compensation claim. It is in your interests to know these things so that you can better protect your rights and seek the support you deserve. If you were in a work accident, you are entitled to certain benefits that can help you get better and move forward.
The role of the boss
One of the most important requirements of any employer is to carry the right insurance coverage. Certain types of employers must have workers' compensation insurance. In addition to this, they must also do certain things to support the needs of an injured worker and expedite the workers' compensation claims process. You can expect your boss to do some or all of the following things:
- Post a notice of workers' compensation insurance coverage in a place where workers can see it.
- Provide emergency medial support for injured workers immediately after a work accident.
- Help an injured worker get continued medical care if he or she has trouble finding a doctor.
- Make a written report of the incident and send it to the appropriate workers' compensation board office.
- Comply with additional requests for information if the insurance company asks for it.
Employers cannot retaliate against workers who file a workers' compensation claim. If you need to seek benefits through an insurance claim, you have the right to do so without fear that you will lose your job or that your career will suffer.
Navigating the claims process
You do not have to navigate the workers' compensation claims process alone. Many injured workers find significant benefit in working with an attorney who understands the process and knows how to secure the benefits they deserve. After a work injury, you will want to act quickly, perhaps starting with a complete assessment of your case and explanation of the legal options available to you.