After a workplace injury, you will want to file a claim with your employer as soon as you can. In fact, the State of California, Department of Industrial Relations says you have 30 days to report an injury. Waiting longer than that could jeopardize your eligibility to collect benefits.
Knowing what information to include in your claim can help you work efficiently and effectively. The right content could make a considerable difference in your outcome.
Description of your injuries
Depending on the circumstances, your injury might cause temporary or permanent disability. This could prevent you from doing your job safely and effectively. Your employer will want to know the medical definition of your injury including how it happened. Notes from your doctor could corroborate your claim.
Timeline of events
It is important to include details about the events that led up to your injury. Provide as much context as you can to help your employer visualize the situation. Include information about who witnessed the accident, what caused it, the timing of emergency personnel and any other relevant details.
Probability of recovery
How long it takes you to recover and whether you make a full recovery will depend on how severe your injury is. Collaborate with your health care provider to find out when you can reasonably return to work. Share this information with your employer and see what your options are for continuing to work in a different capacity while you recover.
Dedicating some time to organizing information about your injury prior to filing a claim may boost its overall effectiveness. Once you have everything you need, take a proactive approach to submit the information your employer needs to award workers’ compensation.