Suffering an injury while working can bring a host of complications, both legal and medical. This makes it important to know what you ought to do in case you get injured at work in order to minimize the stress. Read this guide so that you have a good idea of what to do after you get injured at work.
Your health should be your priority if you get injured, so go to a hospital immediately. You can do everything else while you are at the hospital, or after you leave. Even if you don’t feel you need to see the doctor, it’s important for you to do so for a thorough evaluation. You may have a complication tt is not immediately visible but that could come to the surface after some time. Failing to seek medical care can also work against you when you seek compensation as it may be put forward that your injury was not serious or a direct result of the incident at work. If you work in construction, keep in mind that every year, according to the Law Office of Melinda J Helbock, accidents in this industry account for almost 300,000 personal injuries.
The next step, as soon as you’re able, is to report the accident. You may do this on the way to the hospital or while at the hospital, just try to do it as soon as possible. This is because the sooner that you report your accident, the faster that legal action can be taken. You will also be able to get any allowances that you need and can be granted leave without causing a major upheaval with your absence. In some states, you actually can’t start filing a claim if you don’t report your accident to your superiors by a certain date.
A worker’s compensation claim is legally required to be filed within two years of the date when the accident occurred or within two years of the last workers’ compensation benefits provision, or whichever is later. While this may seem like a long time, you are going to be better off if you file the claim as soon as possible so that the process can begin. This process can take a long time to see through to the end, so get ready to wait a period of time after you file.
Finally, remember to collect all paperwork that you get during the process as it may come in handy at one point or another. You may be required to present certain medical documents as evidence at a hearing claim if there is one, for example. After you successfully completed the entire process, then you think of stopping collecting reports and records. Before then, make sure that you have all documentation ready and waiting to be used in case you are asked for it, including statements from witnesses who may have seen you getting injured.
Data shared by the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses for the years from 2011 to 2016, the motor vehicle towing industry had 6,400 nonfatal injuries and illnesses which led to missed days at work. This industry had a rate of 204 injuries in every 10,000 full-time employees, which is more than double that of other industries in the U.S. which were 98 in every 10,000 full-time employees.
Whichever industry you are in, you are prone to some injury or another while at work. You, therefore, need to make sure that you know what to do in case it happens even if you will do your best to keep it from happening.