The U.S. Department of Labor reported in the first eight months of 2023, Nebraska had 315 workers’ compensation cases, representing 191 workers and paid out over $14 million for compensation and medical benefits.
Experiencing a work-related accident can be unsettling, but knowing the right steps to take afterward can help you navigate the workers’ compensation claim process smoothly.
Notify your employer
As soon as the accident occurs, you need to inform your employer. Promptly reporting the incident helps establish a clear timeline of events and ensures that your employer is aware of the situation. You have 30 days in which to make a report.
Seek medical attention
If your injuries require medical attention, seek treatment promptly. Keep detailed records of your medical visits, diagnoses and treatment plans. These records will play an important role in supporting your workers’ compensation claim.
Document the incident
Write down a detailed account of the accident while the memory is fresh. Include information such as the date, time, location and circumstances surrounding the incident. If there were any witnesses, jot down their names and contact information as well.
File a claim
You will need to file a claim with workers’ compensation. Provide them with accurate and complete information. You have two years to file a claim, and you can file online, by mail or in person.
A work accident can be a challenging experience, but taking the right steps afterward can safeguard your workers’ compensation claim. Remember, following medical advice and staying truthful throughout the process are key factors in achieving a successful outcome for your claim.