When you sustain a work-related injury, you must actively pursue workers’ compensation. Unfortunately, the workers’ compensation system in Florida is not worker-friendly. This makes it vital to be as knowledgeable and careful as possible.

The first step to a successful workers’ compensation claim is understanding your rights and responsibilities as an employee. Here are some essential steps to follow after getting workplace injury, according to Florida’s Division of Workers’ Compensation.

Immediately after the injury

 You must inform your employer about the injury as soon as you can. Florida law requires you to report the injury within 30 days of knowing about it or learning from a doctor that you are suffering from a workplace injury. When you notify your employer about the accident, ask what doctor you should see. If it is an emergency situation and your employer is not available, go to an emergency room and tell your employer as soon as possible.

Visiting the doctor

 When you seek medical treatment, give the doctor a complete description of the accident or other cause of the injury. Be transparent about any current or past medical conditions. If the injury is work-related, ask the doctor if you can work. Attend all appointments to avoid having your benefits suspended.

After visiting the doctor

 Tell your employer about any work restrictions your doctor recommends, if any. Provide a doctor’s note. Inform the insurance company about what the doctor says. Stay in contact with the insurance company and employer throughout your recovery.

This is educational information, not legal advice.