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Post-injury practices of employer play heavily into comp claims

Many employers in Orange, Florida, will feel the effects of a workplace injury at some point in the future, if they haven't already. Due to this expectation, a number of companies have post-injury response procedures in place. These are designed to make sure the worker who is injured is treated both promptly and properly. But the reach of such protocol often extends past the treatment and into recovery time. Understanding what employers might expect of an injured employee is important to understanding how any workers' compensation benefits you have received will play out.

Post-injury training programs give employees the ability to understand what they should do in the initial aftermath of an injury. This means that workers' compensation coordinators can gather the information they need from witnesses, supervisors and other coworkers who might have assisted the injured individual after the incident occurred. Once treatment has been completed, many human resource departments will stay in touch with the individual, speaking to them as often as once per week while she or he is off work. During this time, there may also be in-person meetings and updates required from a medical provider. These are to make sure that the injury is getting better, but it is also to make sure that you return to work as soon as you are able.

Sometimes, these tactics may feel pushy and uncalled for. If you believe you are being discriminated against by your employer after receiving an injury, it would be smart so speak with an attorney. You may have a strong case to make against the company that could result in a substantial award for the physical, emotional and financial damage that the employer is responsible for. But even if this is not the case and you have been injured on the job, it would be wise to talk to a lawyer who specializes in workers' compensation. The experience these individuals have can be invaluable in such matters.

Source:  WorkersCompensation.com, "Post Injury Response Tops List of Work Comp Cost Savings Techniques" Michael B. Stack, Jun. 24, 2013

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