Don’t Jeopardize Your Workers’ Compensation Benefits

By Justin S. Eppler

Like others here in Anchorage, you go to work every day expecting to go home safe and sound at the end of your shift. Most days that may happen, but then something happens and you suffer injuries while at work. You know that you can receive workers’ compensation benefits, but you are not sure what you need to do to get them.

If you fail to follow the proper procedures, you might not get those much needed benefits. Did you know that you have to report the injury to your employer as quickly as possible? This may not be easy if you suffer from a repetitive motion injury such as carpal tunnel, but as soon as a doctor provides you a diagnosis, you need to let your employer know. If you suffer an acute injury, which means that it just happened, you need to medical attention right away.

You will need to fill out forms, stay in touch with your employer and follow through with the treatment your doctor recommends. The adjuster assigned to your claim may need additional information periodically, including your wage information. The demands of your employer and the insurance adjuster could quickly become frustrating as you attempt to recover from your injuries.

Insurance companies tend to look for reasons to deny, delay or underpay claims in order to save money. This process and any roadblocks you encounter could end up adding to your stress, which could exacerbate your condition and possibly delay your recovery. Instead of attempting to go through this alone, you could enlist the help of an Anchorage workers’ compensation attorney.