If you are injured on the job in New Mexico you can expect that your employer will take care of your medical bills and your wages while you recover.
How soon do I have to return to work?
While the goal of workers' compensation is to get you back to work as soon as you are able it is in no one's best interest to rush the process and therefore extend or exacerbate your injuries.
What are indemnity benefits?
Indemnity benefits are also called "lost time" wages. Most two-person or family households cannot stay afloat on only one income. The loss of income could put a couple or family in dire financial straits. Workers' compensation was designed to make sure that doesn't happen. Indemnity benefits cover all or part of your lost wages. These benefits can be temporary or permanent.
What do I have to do after a workplace accident?
You need to complete the official notification called a "Notice of Accident" form within 15 days of the accident. Your employer or supervisor needs to sign it. If you do not have a form, notify your employer in writing of the accident.
What if my supervisor says I don't need to file a form?
If you are injured at work always notify your employer.
- It is unlawful for a supervisor to prevent you in any way from doing this.
- If you feel your employer is not following the rules, you can speak with the ombudsman or a workers' compensation attorney to ensure that your rights are protected.
What is required of my employer?
It is in your employer's best interest to provide safe work conditions and to ensure that workers are taken care of should an accident or injury occur. Your employer needs to notify the insurer of the accident or injury within 72 hours. You should then be informed as to your health care provider options. Your employer should stay in communication with you as you recover and make sure that if you come back to work and need accommodations that those are provided. You should be offered your job back after your recovery is complete.