What to do First
1) Seek immediate medical treatment if you are in an emergency situation.
Treat your emergency first, focus on your health and what the emergency doctors tell you, and worry about insurance companies and lawyers and your claim after you are stable.
2) Tell Your Supervisor within Five Days (5) of Your Injury
You need to let your immediate supervisor know about your injury as soon as possible. Ideally, you should do this immediately after your injury. If you cannot do it immediately, notify your supervisor within Five Days (5) of your injury. If you are in the hospital, then notify your supervisor of your injury within Five Days (5) of your release from the hospital. If you missed the Five Day deadline, all is not lost. You should make every effort available to notify your employer in writing of your injury within 30 Days. You might also want to consider consulting with an attorney, as all is still not lost, even if you've missed the 30 Day deadline. But that would depend on the particular facts of your situation. I cannot unfold for you more of what to expect without speaking with you.
3) Complete a First Report of Injury Form
Your supervisor should either:
- Complete a form documenting your injury known as a "First Report of Injury" for you, or,
- Direct you to someone who will complete the "First Report of Injury" form for you.
Regardless of who completes your First Report of Injury Form, you should try and make sure one is completed by someone at your company to document your injury. It then needs to be forwarded to your employer's Workers' Compensation Insurance Provider.
4) Ask Your Employer to Provide Medical Treatment
The Alabama Workers' Compensation Act requires that the employer provide medical care to an injured employee. But, the employer gets to select the medical care provider. That means, in most situations, your employer gets to pick your doctor. That doctor will be designated as your Authorized Treating Physician, and will be authorized to provide medical treatment to only your work-related injury. In order to make sure your medical treatment is covered under the Alabama Workers' Compensation Act, you need to go through your employer's medical treatment options. Your employer usually does not have to pay for medical treatment that they did not authorize
If You Don't Like Your Authorized Medical Treatment. You have options.
You are not stuck with the first doctor that is authorized to treat you. However, what options you should choose, and when you should choose them depend on the particular facts of your situation. If you would like to know more, you can look to the Information Center to the right. Or, you are invited to complete a Contact Form if you would like to discuss your matter with me in more detail.
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