As the spouse of an injured worker, you may feel overwhelmed trying to ensure that your loved one is properly cared for. Here are a few tips to help you get your spouse the care and compensation they deserve.
Tip # 1: Get them medical attention as soon as possible.
Even if your spouse's injuries do not appear serious initially, symptoms can develop later. The most crucial step to helping an injured loved one is getting them medical treatment as soon as possible, especially if they are reluctant to see a doctor.
Tip # 2: Look into your leave options.
Spouses of injured workers may be entitled to take time off work to act as caregivers without jeopardizing their employment. In certain circumstances, the FMLA (the Family and Medical Leave Act) can offer job and benefits protection while you handle a family emergency. Contact an experienced workers' compensation attorney as soon as possible to help you evaluate your options.
Tip # 3: Do not forget to take care of yourself.
It may seem obvious, but family caregivers often overlook their own needs when they are concerned about the health and well-being of their loved one. Caring for an injured spouse can be emotionally and physically taxing, and it is extremely important that you see a doctor or a therapist if you notice that your own physical or mental health is suffering. Be sure to prioritize rest, and do not be afraid to ask for help and support from other family members.
Tip # 4: Call an experienced workers' compensation attorney as soon as possible.
The attorneys at Ackerman & Falcon have been representing workers' compensation claimants since 1987 and will work tirelessly to advocate for the benefits that you and your spouse deserve. While we focus on your spouse's claim, you can focus on their comfort and daily needs.
Call our firm today for a free consultation about your spouse's workers' compensation claim at (703) 288-1400 or send us a message about their case online.