Getting hurt on the job is never an activity anyone looks forward to. But unfortunately, it happens from time to time, especially when you least expect it. Whether you’re looking for medical attention after an accident or trying to find the appropriate workers compensation clinic for injured postal workers, taking the necessary steps from injury to claim is important for the entire process.
Seek Medical Attention First
Before you even worry about workers compensation you’ll need to get medical attention first. You should survey the severity of the injury to determine whether or not it can be treated with a simple first aid kit or if you’re going to need a hospital for a more severe injury.
Get your personal health taken care of first: it’s always more important to be fully treated and taken care of than to worry about the paperwork.
Talk to Any Managers or Organization Leaders as Necessary
Talk to your shift supervisors, managers, or anyone else who holds a lot of responsibility in the organization. You don’t want to keep your supervisors in the dark about any kinds of injuries that happen while on the job. Failing to notify them can impede the process of getting proper workers compensation, especially for injured postal workers.
Don’t wait in notifying your supervisors or you will risk being able to get the compensation you need.
Complete Any Necessary Workers Compensation Forms
In order to qualify and receive workers compensation, whether you’re an injured postal worker or an employee of an organization, you’ll need to fill out any required paperwork given to you by your employer, supervisor, or manager. You may be expected to sign and/or complete forms A-9 and C-3.
Follow Up with Any Doctor’s Orders
Throughout the entire process, make sure that you’re following any of the doctor’s recommended medical suggestions to help you speed up the recovery process. Depending on your situation, you may be asked to attend an independent medical examination or attend a hearing regarding the case around the work related accident.
For injured postal workers and other federal government employees, reach out to us at Dr. Osler to learn more about federal workers compensation, ACS doctors, and how our office can help.