What Happens After I Report a Work Injury?

If you are hurt at work, you should tell your supervisor right away. But what happens next? Here are some steps that can help you understand how your NJ Workers' Comp case will progress.

Work-related accidents can happen at any time. Maybe your employer failed to keep your workplace safe or you made a mistake and caused your own accident. No matter who is at fault, injured workers in New Jersey are still entitled to Workers' Compensation benefits. 

If you are hurt in a work accident, the first thing you should do is tell your supervisor about your injury. But what happens next? We put together a few steps to help you understand how your case will progress:

  1. You and your supervisor will fill out a First Report of Injury form

  2. When completed, the form will be sent to your employer's insurance carrier

  3. The insurance carrier may choose to perform an investigation

  4. If they agree that your injury is work-related, they will send you to their doctor

  5. If the doctor thinks you are unable to work, you will be compensated

The process of pursuing NJ Workers' Comp benefits is extremely complicated. It's a good idea to seek help from a workers' compensation attorney. With an attorney on your side, you'll be able to focus on your recovery instead of dealing with the legalities of your case.

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