Nebraska workers' compensation rules are complex. One wrong step after suffering a workplace injury could lead to a claim being denied, delayed or devalued. At Brock Law Offices in Lincoln, our lawyers want you to get all the benefits to which you are entitled. For that reason, we have provided the following information about the first steps you should take:
Report It To Your Employer
If you are injured at work, report it to your employer immediately. Even if an injury does not seem that bad, report it. Keep this in mind: Injuries may often seem minor at first and then worsen over time. If you wait to file a report, you could jeopardize your claim for workers' compensation benefits. Whether you were injured in an on-the-job accident or while performing work duties, you must report it immediately.
Make Note Of Witnesses And Other Details
Were any co-workers present when the injury happened? Make note of their names. Record any other details about the circumstances under which the injury occurred. You may even want to take photos of the injury to document the severity. All of these details could become critical evidence to support your workers' compensation claim.
See Your Own Doctor
In most cases, Nebraska workers' compensation law allows you to see your family doctor. You may want to see this doctor as soon as possible. You also have the right to select a physician to perform surgery, should surgery be required. Your employer may require that you be examined by a doctor of its choosing, and there may be a nurse case manager appointed to your case. Use caution with the advice given to you by any medical professional who is being paid by your employer or the insurance company, as there may be a conflict of interest.
Talk To A Workers' Compensation Attorney
It costs you nothing to discuss your case with an attorney at our law firm. Furthermore, we handle all cases on a contingency basis, which means you pay nothing unless we are successful in getting you a recovery. Contact us at 402-467-3303 or by email at any time, whether you were recently injured at work or you have been offered a settlement and want to know if you should accept it. We will evaluate your claim honestly.