When you head into work each day there is a good chance that the thought of getting hurt on the job doesn't cross your mind. But accidents can happen on the clock, and it is important to know what to do if you suffer an injury at work. How you react after a workplace injury can determine whether or not you are eligible to receive benefits through your employer's workers compensation insurance. Take the following steps if you are hurt at work:
Allows Report your Injury to a Supervisor
No matter what the injury, it is essential to immediately report it to your supervisor. Even if you think the injury is minor and no big deal, still report it. Sometimes the full scope of an injury is not fully apparent, and something that you thought was minor can turn out to be a major injury. When you report your injury, make sure your supervisor fills out a written accident report that will serve as evidence that you promptly informed your employer that you were hurt on the job. After the accident report has been completed, request a copy to keep for your own records.
See a Doctor
Many workers compensation insurance policies require documentation from a doctor before an employee is eligible for benefits, so don't put off getting medical care. Before making an appointment, talk to your supervisor or the HR department to see if you are required to see a certain medical professional. Some companies are contracted with specific clinics or doctor's office to deal with workers compensation injuries, so it is important that you follow your employer's protocol when getting treatment for a work-related injury.
It is very important to carefully follow your doctor's treatment plan. Not only will doing this help you recover faster, it will also serve as evidence that you have taken your medical treatment seriously and any time absent from work is due to recovery, not neglecting medical treatment.
Don't Be Afraid to Consult an Attorney
If your employer or their workers comp insurance company are giving you a difficult time after an injury at work, it may be in your best interest to consult an experienced workers compensation lawyer. Many lawyers who specialize in workers comp cases offer free consultations. During your consultation, don't forget to bring a copy of the accident report as well as any medical records from your treatment after the accident. Your lawyer, such as Neifert Byrne & Ozga, can work on your behalf to get your workers comp claim resolved, and ensure that you are compensated for medical bills and time missed from work.Share