Following an accident at work can be a complicated, stressful, and confusing period of time. It may feel like you’re completely in this alone but you’re not. Even if your employer is offering you little assistance, there are steps you and your family can take to ensure you receive the help, support, and financial compensation you need to secure your health and well-being.
At the Law Office of Javier Martinez, Jr., P.C. we take work-related accidents, extremely seriously and do our part to provide residents of Hobbs, New Mexico and its surrounding area with the legal assistance they need.
If you or someone you know was recently injured at work in the state of New Mexico, here are the four steps you should take:
Step #1: Notify your employer.
You are responsible for informing your employer of the accident. Your employer should ensure you receive the reasonable and necessary medical care following the accident. The timeline of these events is crucial when it comes to your health. In addition to ensuring you receive medical attention, your employer should provide you with fundamental accommodations for recovery, whether it be time off or workplace setting adjustments.
Step #2: File a workers’ comp claim.
In New Mexico, the majority of employers are required to have workers’ comp insurance with a few exceptions such as having less than three employees or employers with real estate salespeople or domestic servants. Your employer should inform you if they do not provide insurance. Filing a workers’ comp claim right away is important as you must notify your employer within 15 days and complete the Notice of Accident Form.
Step #3: Document everything.
Be sure to take notes of everything that happened on the day of the accident to recent encounters. Keeping a journal with the names of witnesses, items present, medical visits, and other key information will be useful when it comes to providing a timeline of the incident. Most importantly, it will help piece the puzzle together.
Step #4: Contact a New Mexico workers’ comp attorney.
From the minute you contact our team, we will provide you with the answers you need to begin taking steps in the right direction. At our firm, we believe workers need to be represented by an attorney who will take their case to the next level until a fair decision is made. As a workers’ comp attorney, Javier Martinez, Jr. has been representing the New Mexico community since 2013. Our law firm is dedicated to ensuring our clients receive the representation they need until a settlement is reached. Please connect with us today.