I have been having pains in my arm over the last several months, and just got it diagnosed as bursitis. What should I do to let my employer know the injury is from my job duties?
Many workers who use the same body parts to perform the same tasks over and over again often suffer from repetitive stress injuries, such as bursitis. In order to ensure that you receive benefits from your employer, you need to report your injury to your supervisor immediately.
Even though you may have been feeling pain for several months and your injury developed over time, you have 30 days from when you learned about your injury (such as an official diagnosis) to report it to your employer. However, it isn’t suggested that you wait the entire 30 days before informing your work. By reporting your injury as soon as possible and promptly seeking medical care, you can prevent your employer from delaying or denying you your deserved workers’ comp benefits.
Not only do you need to verbally tell your supervisor about your injury, but you need to fill out a workers’ comp claim form as soon as possible. Your employer needs to turn in your claim form to their insurance carrier within a day of learning about your injury. You should follow up and request your claim number because some employers fail to submit claims in a timely fashion.
Remember, when you go in for any type of treatment on your arm, it is wise to tell the health care provider that your injury is caused by your job and the duties you perform at work. If you feel like your employer isn’t treating your work injury correctly, you should contact a trusted workers’ compensation attorney in South Florida.
Even if you aren’t sure you want to use a lawyer for your injury claim, it is always a good idea to seek legal advice. At the Law Offices of David Benenfeld, you can get your questions answered in a free consultation by calling 866-9 HELP NOW or 866-943-5766 today.