Assistance with Workers’ Compensation Claims by J.L. Perry (Compliments of Reich, Adell & Crost)
Public employers, as well as those in the private sector, must have Workers’ Compensation Insurance to protect their employees in case of injury. This insurance is required by the State. It is a form of social insurance, as are unemployment insurance and state disability. It is, however, much more complicated. You cannot bring a lawsuit against the School District for a work injury. You will need legal assistance to insure that you are treated fairly, and know your legal rights.
You are covered by Workers’ Compensation when you are injured at work or suffer an occupational disease. Many people injure themselves without knowing it. Arthritis, heart attacks, back and joint pain may be caused by your work, even though there is no particular injury that you can point to or remember. Emotional stress can produce emotional trauma which affects your ability to hold your job, and can produce physical illness as well.
You have the right to file a doctor preference form with the District. Without a form on file, you will be treated by a District-chosen physician.
When you are injured on the job:
If You Run Into Problems: