Q Why should I fill out a WC 1007 form when I was injured at work?
Serious workplace accidents can be very chaotic. One second you’re going about your business, and the next you’re on the floor with a searing pain radiating through your body. Your co-workers are frantically running around trying to get help—while you slowly fade in and out of consciousness. Finally, after what seems like forever, someone picks you up and loads you into what appears to be a Holston’s ambulance.
The next day you find yourself stuck at Cal-Cam answering questions and getting numerous x-rays and MRIs, when all you want to do is go home and rest. When you’re finally discharged you find out that your employer needs you to come in to fill out some paperwork, specifically a 1007 form about your injuries.
Paperwork...seriously? Is it really worth the hassle?
Benefits of Filing a 1007 Form
It’s extremely frustrating to have to jump through hoops in order to get the benefits you rightfully deserve. However, when you’re injured at work, filing a 1007 while the details of your injuries are still fresh in your mind, is well worth it.
By filing a 1007 with your employer, you’ll have legal documentation stating when your injuries occurred, how they occurred, and where they occurred, so you can start the process of getting workers’ compensation for your injuries.
Once the form has been filed you may be eligible for up to $10,000 in treatment under medical treatment guidelines while the claims administrator considers your claim. If you don’t file, there is no legal basis or documentation proving you require compensation.
A 1007 also provides a way to resolve any disagreements between you, and the claims administrator, over whether your injury or illness happened on the job, what medical treatments and hospitalization may be required, and whether or not you’re eligible to receive permanent disability benefits.
Don’t let the uncertainty and inconvenience of filing cost you your benefits. Allow us to help you get the knowledge, confidence, and security you need to file and fight back. Let our experience with workers’ compensation law work for you. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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