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Steps to take during the workers' compensation process

After an injury occurs at work, the injured person may be wondering what to do. Even if the person realizes that a program exists that can help with medical costs and lost wages, the person may not understand how to go through the process to get the help to which he or she is entitled. In Missouri, workers are protected if they are hurt on the job, and following some common steps can ease the workers' compensation process. 

First of all, one should take whatever steps are needed for his or her health. The best way to do this is to visit a physician for a diagnosis of the injury. A person has the right to see his or her own doctor after an injury at work. The second step is usually to inform a supervisor about what has happened. This way, the supervisor can start the process of getting the compensation to the employee so that he or she can get the treatment and recovery needed to be restored to health. 

As with other insurance claims, it can be useful to keep good documentation of the events. Keep copies of documents and medical records on hand. It can also be a good idea to keep copies of important emails and other communications from one's work and from the workers' compensation company. 

Some Missouri residents may find themselves stalled out in the workers' compensation process and needing some extra guidance. Any person injured at work has the right to consult with an attorney. For those who choose to do so, they may find the attorney able to guide them in remembering and defending their rights.

Source:, "Blog: Steps to take when an injury happens at work", Margaret Francis, April 12, 2018

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