If you injure yourself on the job in Oklahoma, it’s your responsibility to report the injury and file a workers’ compensation claim. However, it’s also your employer’s responsibility to write a report, give you the paperwork and help you get back to work after you recover. The workers’ compensation office might reject your claim if your employer doesn’t hold up their end of the deal.
What are some mistakes that your employer could make?
While you’re responsible for reporting the incident, your employer is responsible for gathering a full report that helps you qualify for workers’ compensation. Some employers make the mistake of writing an incomplete report–or worse, not bothering to make a report at all. This could cost you when you start the process with a personal injury attorney.
Other employers don’t bother implementing a return to work (RTW) program. After you recover from your injuries, you might not be able to complete your duties as you did before. Your employer should offer an RTW program that helps you return to your job and ease back into your duties, within reason. If your employer fails to do this, you might have to seek a new job.
Finally, some employers fail to give their employees the forms that they need to file for workers’ compensation. Even if they give them the forms on time, they might put off filing until their employee misses the due date. This could have a huge impact on your case even though you’re not the one who made the mistake.
What can you do if your employer doesn’t cooperate?
Talk to your personal injury attorney if your employer makes it difficult to file for workers’ compensation. An attorney could also help you if the office denies your claim or claims that you don’t have enough evidence.