Getting injured at work: No one wants to go through the pain, loss of wages and other hassles.
But sometimes, getting injured at work happens and there are steps that need to be taken – sometimes immediately – to protect not only your health, but your job.
So, what do you do if you are injured at work? Here are three things to do right away. Read on:
If you are injured at work, you should always seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Whether that is first aid, emergency services or a checkup, seeking medical treatment is a must and be sure to tell the medical provider about the injury you had at work. If your injury or injuries become more serious or affect your job, you will need to have been seen by a health care provider – especially if you need to file for worker’s compensation.
If you are injured at work, you will need to notify your superiors pretty quickly. They might already know, but don’t assume. Failing to tell your bosses, in writing, may lead to your claim being fought by your employer or the BWC. If there is an accident report form at your employer, obtain and complete it. If not, write out a report on paper and turn it in, always keeping a copy for yourself.
Whether or not your injuries prevent you from working, file your claim for worker’s compensation quickly. You only have one years to file the claim after an accident, but why wait? Waiting could jeopardize your benefits.
While your health is extremely important, you might be entitled to worker’s compensation benefits. If you have questions or concerns about your legal rights, the experts at Connor, Kimmet and Hafenstein LLP are here to help.
If you or someone you love has been injured at work, contact us today for a free consultation. We will make sure your rights are protected and you get the benefits you deserve.