There's no good time to find yourself injured in a workplace accident, but the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day might be the worst. Injuries of any kind can keep us sidelined when everyone else is having fun, and workplace injuries in particular add a layer of worry that can make even the merriest season look bleak. A few proactive steps can help turn things around, however, and put you back in the mix of family and friends. Read on for a mini survival guide for dealing with a workplace injury during the holidays.
Get Medical Attention
First, get the medical care you need right away. If your accident was a serious one, you probably already have. But most workplace accidents aren't severe enough to warrant a trip to the ER, which leaves it up to you to get yourself to a doctor. This time of year, when there are parties, concerts, and gatherings, it can be tempting to postpone that visit.
This is a terrible idea for two reasons:
· Things might get worse. Minor injuries that aren't treated properly often turn into more serious ones. If that happens, there go your holiday plans.
· You could lose your workers' compensation benefits. If your employer, or your employer's insurance company, can show that you aggravated your injury by failing to get prompt treatment, they may be able to deny or cut back on your coverage.
File Your Claim ASAP
To get the benefits you're entitled to, you'll need to file your workers' compensation claim within 30 days of your accident. If you wait, you may lose the right to challenge your employer or their insurer if your claim is denied. It can sometimes take a few days for injuries to become apparent, and that's ok—just be sure to have them checked out as soon as they do.
Bear in mind also that the sooner you file for benefits, the sooner you're likely to get them—usually within 14 days. If your injury keeps you from working, knowing that disability payments are coming can bring you the peace of mind you need to enjoy this special time of year.
And remember: Whether you live and work in Louisiana, or commute to your job in Louisiana from a neighboring state such as Mississippi, you're entitled to workers' compensation benefits if you're injured in a workplace accident.
Questions? Contact Delsa Law Firm, LLC
The workers' compensation process in Louisiana can be confusing. If you have any questions about the process, or your benefits claim was denied, Delsa Law Firm, LLC, can help. Attorney Delsa has years of experience helping hard-working people like you who have been injured in workplace accidents.
Call Delsa Law Firm, LLC, at (985) 882-1222, or use our contact form to reach out to us. We know how the workers' compensation process works in Louisiana and can help protect your rights.