Workers' compensation claims are essential to giving you the treatment and compensation you need if you sustain an injury or suffer an illness due to your job. If you’re in this situation, our team at Metairie Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Metairie, Louisiana, can help.
Our providers are sports medicine specialists and workers' compensation experts, and they’ve helped many people navigate the workers' compensation process. In this blog, they explain what you need to do to prepare for a workers' compensation appointment.
Who needs a workers' comp appointment?
So many careers exist, from desk positions to hands-on machine jobs. No matter what type of job you work in, you could get injured.
Workers' compensation is insurance your employer pays for and provides in case of an injury related to your job. Anyone who works for an employer that offers this service is eligible for certain benefits after an illness or injury related to their job, including:
- Medical treatments
- Compensation for wages
- Rehabilitation services
- Other necessary resources
Workers' compensation isn't just for injuries; illnesses can also occur due to working conditions, which is also covered under most workers' compensation benefits.
If you've suffered an injury or illness directly related to your duties or job, you can schedule a workers' compensation appointment with our team after alerting your employer of the problem.
The employer should provide you with the information required to initiate your claim, so you can seek compensation and any other benefits.
Preparing for your appointment
After a job-related injury or illness, getting treatment is the top priority to get you back on your feet. However, getting compensation while you're off work is also essential.
Sometimes, you only have a little time to prepare for your appointment, in which case you should at least bring your insurance card, photo identification, and paperwork from your employer related to the injury or illness.
However, if you do have a few days to prepare, we recommend getting the following items and information together to speed up the process at the appointment:
- The date and time of the injury or illness
- Your workers' compensation claim number
- The name and address of the insurance carrier
- Paperwork from your employer related to the incident
- Any previous treatments for the injury
- A list of your current medications
- The name and address of your employer
- The insurance adjuster's name and number, if available
A workers' compensation appointment typically occurs quickly after the accident, injury, or illness unless more significant treatment is needed first.
Our team has a workers' compensation department that helps you through every step, from the original intake information to your discharge back to work. So no matter what you’re facing, we have you covered.
To schedule a workers' compensation appointment, call 504-541-5800 or book an appointment online with Metairie Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.