You should notify your employer immediately within thirty days once you think you have a work injury. Additional time for reporting may be given for hearing loss injuries. Generally, a Notice of Injury must be completed within thirty days of the date of accident. If you need medical treatment, ask your employer to authorize treatment by a doctor of your own choice. You are entitled to choose your treating physician. Initially, your employer or the insurance carrier may send you to a physician for an initial examination or for a drug test. It is important that you do not sign any forms which might designate any physician as your own choice of physician. Furthermore, you should not agree to give a statement or a taped interview to anyone.
November 5, 2012