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Where to get help Workers’ Compensation Administration Offices • Your employer should not try to talk you out of reporting the accident or refuse to sign the Notice of Accident form. Albuquerque Office 2410 Centre Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87125 Workers’ Compensation 505-841-6000 In-state Toll Free: 1-800-255-7965 • If your employer or insurer does not agree that your claim is covered, you Farmington Office might not receive any benefits. 3535 East 30th Street, Farmington, NM 87402 505-599-9746 Who qualifies? • If either of these situations happens, or if In-state Toll Free: 1-800-568-7310 you have questions, contact an ombudsman or a lawyer for help. Las Cruces Office 1120 Commerce Dr., Suite B-1, Las Cruces, What to do if you are NM 88011 injured at work. • “Ombudsman” means a government 575-524-6246 official who investigates problems and In-state Toll Free: 1-800-568-7310 helps resolve them without taking one Las Vegas Office side or another. The ombudsmen are 32 NM 65 Las Vegas, NM 87701 experts in workers’ compensation claims. 505-454-9251 In-state Toll Free: 1-800-281-7889 • You can call an ombudsman at your local Lovington Office Workers’ Compensation Administration 100 West Central, Suite A, Lovington, NM office (unless you are represented by a 88260 lawyer). 575-396-3437 In-state Toll Free: 1-800-934-2450 • If your workers’ compensation claim is Roswell Office denied or you want representation, you Penn Plaza Building 400 N. Pennsylvania Ave., can contact a workers’ compensation Ste. 425 Roswell, NM 88201 attorney. You can look in the phone 575-623-3781 book yellow pages for attorneys who In-state Toll Free: 1-866-311-8587 practice “employment law or workers’ Santa Fe Office compensation” or contact the State 810 West San Mateo, Suite A2, Santa Fe, NM Bar for a referral at 1-800-876-6227. 87505 505-476-7381 TIP: Remember to save all documents: receipts, 720 Vassar Drive NE • Albuquerque NM • 87106 Workers’ Compensation www.nmpovertylaw.org • Phone: (505) 255-2840 • Fax: (505) 255-2778 pay stubs, medical records, and letters HELP HOTLINE: about your case. 1-866-967-5667 2008 Who Qualifies? What are the benefits? Hurt on-the-job? • In an emergency, go and get the medical Workers' compensation is a system of insur- care you need wherever it is available. • Anyone who works for an employer ance that helps take care of people when with three or more workers except: they are injured at work, become sick as a • At any other time, before you receive medi- result of work, or die because of a work re- cal care, find out the proper procedure. If •Workers who primarily do farm/ lated accident. If this happens, the employer your employer or claims representative tells ranch work, private domestic work, you which doctor to see, follow the instruc- must provide: tions. If an emergency room doctor advised or real estate agents. you to go to another doctor for follow-up • health care for the injury or illness; care, you should check with your employer or claims representative before going to that • Under most circumstances, anyone who • money directly to the worker as a partial doctor. works doing construction is covered substitute for lost wages, if the worker is • If you have been instructed by your employer to regardless of the number of employees. unable to work for a period of time due go to one doctor and you go to a different doctor, to the injury or illness. you could be responsible for paying for your own medical care. • A worker who is injured or killed as a result • When there is a death of a worker: pay- • Tell all doctors this was a work-related in- of an accident at work, (this may include ment of all medical care, survivor benefits jury. diseases like lung disease and injuries like a to dependent family members, and an broken leg). The injury must have a direct allowance for funeral expenses. • You must notify your employer or supervi- connection to the work and this must be sor about any accident or illness. verified by a doctor. • Fill out a Notice of Accident form within 15 TIP: All benefits (other days of the accident. Forms should be pro- than medical) are called vided by your employer and posted where • You can qualify for workers’ you work or you can get them from the compensation regardless of your indemnity benefits. Workers’ Compensation office. Sign and date the form and ask your employer to sign and immigration status. You do not need date the form. You keep one copy of the Good to Know a Social Security number to qualify for form and your employer keeps one copy. Save this piece of paper, you may need it to workers’ compensation. • If your employer has provided a safety prove you reported the accident. device and you did not use it, you could lose part of the indemnity benefits. • If you, your employer and the insurer all • To file a complaint without a Social agree that a claim is covered and that you are Security number you will need to show a • If you have an accident under the influ- entitled to benefits, the claim will be covered. valid state ID card to the WCA, and they ence of drugs or alcohol, or cause an ac- • If your employer or the insurer believe your cident on purpose, you could lose part or claim is not covered you will need to file a will assign you a number. Never tell all of the benefits, both medical and in- complaint at your local workers’ compensa- anyone (except your lawyer) your demnity. tion office. immigration status.
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