To get workers' compensation, a worker must do the following while receiving medical help for an injury or illness:
- Get first aid or medical help as soon as possible after the injury;
- Work with the doctors and try to completely heal so the worker can return to work, if possible. A worker can lose benefits if they do not try to get better or if they do things that will make their injury even worse;
- Tell the doctors that the treatment is for a work-related condition. This lets the doctors know that the employer should pay the medical bills; and
- Give the employer the name and address of the doctor or hospital they chose. If the employee changes providers, the employee should tell their employer.
The employee must also give the employer all medical records that have to do with the injury or illness. A worker does not have to give anyone free access to his or her doctor or medical records.
The employer is not required to provide benefits if it does not receive the medical information needed to figure out the worker's medical status and ability to work. If the employee's doctor does not send medical records to the employer, benefits may be delayed.
Updated: August 2017