How can I get a worker’s compensation if my boss doesn’t want to? 30 Answers as of June 27, 2013

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James M. Osak, P.C.
James M. Osak, P.C. | James M. Osak
WHY do you care what your boss wants? He has NO say in this matter. If you file that's his problem. NO BOSS wants an employee to file. TOO BAD BOSS.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 10/8/2012
Behren Law Firm
Behren Law Firm | Scott Behren
They are required to file the claim or you if you are injured at work. You may need to speak to a workers compensation lawyer.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 10/5/2012
Dennis P. Mikko Attorney at Law | Dennis P. Mikko
If the injury arose out of and during the course of your employment you are entitled to worker's compensation. If you boss will not acknowledge the injury, you may need to file with the worker's compensation bureau. It would be to your benefit to seek the advise of an attorney who understands worker's compensation.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 10/4/2012
Lombardi Law Firm
Lombardi Law Firm | Steve Lombardi
Answer: You report the injury in writing and then if he doesn't respond you call the Iowa Industrial Commission, ask them to intervene to contact the employer asking for him to provide the contact information for his workers' compensation carrier and hire a lawyer to file the claim.
Answer Applies to: Iowa
Replied: 10/4/2012
Lewis B. Kaplan | Lewis B. Kaplan
In Illinois retain a lawyer and file a claim with Illinois Worker's Compensation Commission .
Answer Applies to: Illinois
Replied: 10/4/2012
    Law Office of Mark J. Leonardo
    Law Office of Mark J. Leonardo | Mark Leonardo
    Contact a worker's compensation attorney in your area. You should be able to get a free consultation. Your employer has no choice in the matter as it's your right to file a claim. If he does not have coverage like he's supposed to, the lawyer can guide you on your options.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 10/4/2012
    Mike Yeksavich | Mike Yeksavich
    File the case.
    Answer Applies to: Oklahoma
    Replied: 6/27/2013
    Kelaher Law Offices, P.A.
    Kelaher Law Offices, P.A. | James P Kelaher
    Go see a workers compensation lawyer immediately, so he can file a claim for benefits for you.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 10/3/2012
    LAW OFFICE OF ROBERT T. DURBROW, JR. | Robert T. Durbrow, Jr.
    You need to get medical attention. Go to your doctor or an urgent care facility. They can contact your employer for his worker's compensation insurance coverage. If that does not work, it should, contact an attorney who specializes in worker's compensation injuries. They are listed in your telephone book yellow pages.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 10/3/2012
    Andrew T. Velonis, P.C.
    Andrew T. Velonis, P.C. | Andrew Velonis
    He doesn't have a choice. You are entitled to worker's compensation as a matter of law. The employer must post information about worker's comp at the workplace, including contact information for the insurer. Get the information, call the insurance company, find out what forms you need, fill them out and send them in. Get the treatment you need.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 10/3/2012
    Paul Whitfield and Associates P.A.
    Paul Whitfield and Associates P.A. | Paul L. Whitfield
    Go straight to your family doctor or to the ER and have your ankle x-rayed. If your boss is playing games with your safety call the NC Industrial Commission in Raleigh or go to their website. File a form 18 (I think that is the number) which is a notice of your claim. File it with the IC and send your boss a copy. If you have a serious injury get you a good PI lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: North Carolina
    Replied: 10/3/2012
    Law Office of Lisa Hurtado McDonnell | Lisa Hurtado McDonnell
    Well have it check out and by law he is required to file out an accident report with unemployment if you were injuried on the job.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 10/3/2012
    Hirsch, Closson, McMillan & Schroeder, APLC
    Hirsch, Closson, McMillan & Schroeder, APLC | Paul Schroeder
    Your employer is required to report this to its workers' comp carrier. If you go to the doctor and tell them it happened at work, he or she is also required to report it.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 10/3/2012
    Law Offices of Mark West
    Law Offices of Mark West | Mark West
    Does your boss have workers compensation insurance? If not, the company is normally liable to pay the damages and it is strictly liable, there is no defense available. You should contact an attorney to discuss this matter.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 10/3/2012
    Adler Law Group, LLC
    Adler Law Group, LLC | Lawrence Adler
    Yes. He has to put the claim through to his insurance company.
    Answer Applies to: Connecticut
    Replied: 10/3/2012
    R. D. Kelly Law Firm, P.L.L.C.
    R. D. Kelly Law Firm, P.L.L.C. | Robert Kelly
    You need to apply to the Department of Labor & Industries.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 10/3/2012
    Bulman Law Associates PLLC Injury Law Firm
    Bulman Law Associates PLLC Injury Law Firm | Thomas Bulman
    Call the department of labor in Helena MT and report the injury and make a claim. After that, make an appointment to see your regular doctor or a now care doctor and have the injury assessed. Don't go to the emergency room.
    Answer Applies to: Montana
    Replied: 10/3/2012
    The Lucky Law Firm, PLC
    The Lucky Law Firm, PLC | Robert Morrison Lucky
    There may be a number in your break area or other area of the office that lists a number to call if you have been injured on the job. Call that number if your boss is unwilling to go through compensation.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 10/3/2012
    Victor Varga | Victor Varga
    Your boss has no say in the matter. Go to the hospital, get treated, and make sure you tell them at the hospital that it was an injury at work. They will give you the forms you need for a WC claim.
    Answer Applies to: Maryland
    Replied: 10/3/2012
    Koning & Jilek, P.C.
    Koning & Jilek, P.C. | Jonathan Neal Jilek
    You may have a workers compensation claim.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 10/3/2012
    Dwyer, Black & Lyle, LLP
    Dwyer, Black & Lyle, LLP | Kevin Habberfield
    Ask your employer for and fill out the form. If the boss won't let you do it you can sue him.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 10/3/2012
    Rags Beals Seigler Patterson & Gray
    Rags Beals Seigler Patterson & Gray | Ronald D. Reemsnyder
    You have the right to file a claim whether or not your boss agrees. Call the Workers Compensation Board and explain the issue. They will help you get a form etc.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 10/3/2012
    Maurice L. Abarr  Lawyer, Inc.
    Maurice L. Abarr Lawyer, Inc. | Maurice L. Abarr
    The required approach is that you obtain a claim form, complete it, personally hand it to your boss or the HR / personnel director, and ask to be sent to a doctor. To cover yourself, you should go to a doctor or urgent care facility immediately to create a medical record of the injury.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 10/3/2012
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