After You Report Your Work Injury, What is the Next Step?
Answer: Request Medical Treatment!!
If you have sustained an on-the-job injury, your employer must provide you with paid medical care. You are not required to pay for this and it should not be turned over to your private health insurance. After reporting your injury, the next step is to ask your supervisor or human resources department for medical treatment from a company-approved doctor. Your employer has a responsibility to make sure you receive immediate medical attention to treat your injury. You do not have to pay for any portion of the treatment if your injury is work related. Your employer has the right to select the health care provider or doctor you will see. How will your employer know that you need treatment unless you ask for a doctor's appointment or to go the emergency room?
Don’t be afraid to ask!
Important Tip #1: If your employer or the work comp insurance company denies you medical treatment, you can select your own medical provider at your own expense. You can receive reimbursement for medical bills incurred as a result of medical treatment that is reasonable and necessary to cure your work-related injury. If your employer refuses to provide medical treatment, you should contact an attorney immediately. *Remember, seeking medical care through your own doctor should be a last resort and should only be done if your employer refuses to provide medical treatment.
Important Tip #2: You should not be billed for medical treatment you received for a work-related injury. It is the responsibility of your employer and the work-comp insurance company to pay the medical bills.
No Recovery, No Fee!
The Hein Law Firm takes workmans compensation injury cases on a contingency basis. This means you will only pay attorney's fees if we obtain compensation for you. For a free consultation with a Missouri Workmans Compensation Injury Accident Lawyer, call us at (314) 645-7900 or contact us online.