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Three Steps to Take When You're Hurt at Work

New Jersey workers' compensation attorneys

Nobody plans on getting hurt at work. But when injured in a workplace accident, many workers aren't sure what to do next. The Law Offices of Adam M. Kotlar, LLC has been helping injured workers with workers' compensation claims since 1995. That's why we realize that the steps taken immediately following a workplace accident are so important.

A worker injured on the job is entitled to workers' compensation benefits that include the costs of medical treatment for the injury and partial wages. In order to file a successful claim, there are three important steps every worker should take after getting hurt in a workplace accident:

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Get medical attention

This sounds obvious, but some injured workers think they feel OK following a workplace accident and choose not to see a doctor. Always get medical attention following a work-related accident. The first reason is to make sure you get the treatment you need. You could have internal injuries you don't notice, or injuries that will get worse over time without proper treatment. The second reason is getting medical attention will provide documentation for your injury that will help you successfully pursue workers' compensation benefits.

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Notify your employer

You should report your injury as soon as possible. Notification is required in order to protect your right to workers' compensation benefits. It also sets the claims process in motion. Your notification of injury or illness does not have to be written. But we recommend written notification so that the process is documented.

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Contact a workers' compensation attorney

Don't try to handle your claim alone. An experienced attorney from the Law Offices of Adam M. Kotlar, LLC can guide you through the workers' compensation process and make sure your rights are protected. We'll be there from start to finish to handle your claim so that you can focus on getting better.

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