Worker’s compensation insurance protects employees from the costs and damages of job-related injuries. This insurance can make a huge difference in the aftermath of a work accident, or the onset of a job-related illness. Fortunately, most employers in Idaho must carry a worker’s compensation policy. It is a good idea to review the basics of worker’s compensations policies, so that you understand your rights in the event of an accident at work. There are also some exemptions that may mean you are not covered by worker’s compensation. In this post, we outline how to navigate Idaho worker’s compensation policies.
How to Handle Idaho Worker’s Compensation
Worker’s compensation is a form of insurance that protects workers in the event of a job-related injury. If you suffer a job-related injury or illness, take the following steps:
- Notify your employer
Notifying your employer of your injury or illness is extremely important. It is possible that you could be disqualified from benefits if you do not report your injury within 60 days. Make sure that your employer fills out a “First Report of Injury or Illness” form. Help your employer complete this form to ensure that it is accurate.
- Get medical help
Don’t put off seeking medical treatment. Seek immediate help, and ask your employer if they have a specific doctor they would like you to visit. Some employers have designated doctors who help their employees with job-related injuries and illnesses.
- Follow up if you have questions
Don’t forget about your claim once you have filed the paperwork. Follow up with your employer and get the information of their insurance company. If you have questions about how your report is being handled, call the insurance company and ask. The Idaho Industrial Commission is the government agency responsible for worker’s compensation. Contact them if you have further concerns.
Idaho Injury Attorneys
Hansen Injury Law serves the people of Idaho. We are dedicated to helping our injured clients get the benefits they deserve. We do not handle worker’s compensation cases specifically, but contact us and we can discuss the details of your case.
In addition to contacting our office, you can also order a free copy of our book, The Idaho Accident Book. However you choose to pursue your case, we hope to help in some way.