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What to do after being injured in a workplace accident

Victims of workplace accidents can find themselves in a very upsetting and confusing situation. Not only are they dealing with painful conditions and concerns about their health, but they can also be very worried about the financial ramifications of being unable to work due to injury or illness.

In the midst of all this stress, it can be easy to get lost in the haze of all the things that need to be done. However, it can be crucial to understand what needs to happen in order to pursue workers' compensation. While it can be a stressful process, filing an application for workers' compensation can help injured workers get the money they need to cover costs associated with a work injury.

The first thing that needs to be done is to submit notification of the injury to an employer. Employees should be sure that this notification is done in writing, and it can be helpful for the worker to retain a copy of this letter.

Next, workers will need to submit a claim form to receive benefits unless a claim has already been filed for them. This form will typically be provided by the employer, although Ohio workers can also submit a claim online. Workers will need to provide several pieces of information including personal data, details about the accident and a description of the injuries suffered.

Finally, the claim needs to be submitted. Time can be of the essence when filing a claim, so making sure to do this sooner, rather than later, can prove to be the difference between a claim that is approved and one that is denied.

All of this may seem to be fairly simple on the surface. However, when a person is dealing with hospital visits, injuries and financial stress, any additional obligations can prove to be too much to handle. But with legal guidance and support, victims of on-the-job accidents can pursue the benefits they may seriously need and deserve while also being able to stay focused on their health and recovering from an injury or illness.

Source: FindLaw.com, "Workers' Comp In-Depth," accessed on Feb. 10, 2015

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