Albuquerque, NM- Accidents in the workplace lead to thousands of deaths and injuries each year. Some are preventable; some are not. Either way, workplace accidents are troubling and have the potential to ruin a person’s life, so, it’s natural for a worker to be concerned. But workers’ compensation can take some of the financial burdens off of an injured employee and allow them to pull their lives back together.
The first thing you need to do if you were injured in a workplace accident—or traffic accident if you are a truck driver –is to notify your employer. They are responsible for reporting your claim to their workers’ compensation insurer. Of course, if your injury required emergency medical attention, your employer is probably aware you were injured and can begin the claim process for you.
Once you report your injury, your employer can refer you to a doctor and by law, you have to see the doctor they refer you to otherwise they can deny your claim.
In order to qualify for workers’ compensation in New Mexico, your injury has to be the result of an accident in the workplace and must have occurred while you were on the clock. Your injuries aren’t covered if you were off-duty when you were injured even if you were at the job site.
The New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Administration requires you to file your claim within 15 days of the date when the injury occurred. Once you report your injury to your employer, they have 72 hours to report it to their insurer.
If your worker’s compensation claim is approved, your medical expense, costs of rehabilitation and lost wages will be covered. If you were permanently disabled, you might be eligible for compensation for your future medical expenses and disability.
Unfortunately, some workers’ compensation claims are denied. That can happen because they may question the legitimacy of your claim in an effort to limit their liability. Or, an employer thinks you are exaggerating your injuries.
Whatever the reason your claim is denied, you can file for an appeal and for that USAttorneys recommends you retain a workers’ compensation lawyer in New Mexico. The workers’ compensation system can be difficult to navigate, and there is so much at stake with an appeal that you should lead your case in the capable hands of an attorney. Our team of employment lawyers can build a convincing appeal that gets you the compensation you need and deserve.
USAttorneys will connect you a workers’ compensation lawyer near your New Mexico location who will get started on your case right away. Don’t let a paperwork error or a claim denial leave you feeling defeated and hopeless. Pick up the phone and set up a consultation to today. You won’t regret getting legal help and can soon begin receiving benefits.