An employee who is injured at work has some important rights. For example, they may have the right to receive workers’ compensation benefits, if qualified. However, that same employee also has some obligations. Let’s look at some of the responsibilities a worker faces after sustaining a workplace injury.
Report the Injury
Employees are responsible for promptly reporting injuries to their employers. In fact, waiting more than 30 days from the date of the injury occurred could jeopardize your rights to compensation.
Don’t wait – tell your employer immediately after any workplace injury. If for some reason it’s been more than 30 days, talk to an experienced Oklahoma workers’ comp lawyer.
Follow the Doctor’s Orders
Under workers’ comp laws, injured employees have the right to receive reasonable and necessary medical treatment for their work-related injuries. Depending on your injury, you may need to see several doctors over a period of time. You may even need surgery, prescription drugs, or physical therapy.
It’s your responsibility to continue seeing your doctor as long as possible. Cooperating and being consistent with treatment are important also.
However, please note that missing a couple of appointments with your doctor will not automatically forfeit your benefits. On October 3, 2017, the Oklahoma Supreme Court handed down a decision in Gibby v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. regarding an injured worker who lost his benefits after missing three doctor appointments. The Court ended the practice of terminating workers’ compensation benefits for missing two or more medical appointments.
It is still important – and your responsibility – to make a good effort to see your doctors and other healthcare providers.
Keep in Touch with Your Employer
A worker who suffered a workplace injury is expected to keep their employer informed about their progress. After all, the boss may need time to arrange for the worker to return to work.
Your responsibility is to stay in touch with your employer while recovering from your on-the-job injury. This is especially true when your doctor has cleared you to return to work.
Tell the Truth
Another important responsibility? Being completely open and honest about your injuries and recovery. In fact, lying or misrepresenting information about your workers’ comp claim can lead to criminal charges.
If you have suffered an on-the-job injury, contact the experienced attorneys at Armstrong & Vaught, P.L.C. at once. We guide clients through the process of applying for workers’ compensation benefits and ensure their rights are protected every step of the way. Call us now at 918-582-2500, toll free at (800) 722-8880, or contact us online for a free consultation with a skilled attorney.