If you have been injured on the job, there are 5 steps that you need to take after the injury. It is important that you know what these steps are before you are injured. This will ensure that your post-injury process is as smooth as possible.
Seek Medical Attention
The first step that you need to take is to seek medical attention. This is very important as it will provide you with a written record of your injuries and information about the treatment. Medical attention will also give you an idea of the extent of your injuries and how it will impact your ability to work.
If you have been taken from your place of work to the hospital by paramedics, you will need to get a report from them. However, if you were not taken to the hospital, you will need to visit an emergency room or your general practitioner as soon as possible. Do not leave seeking medical attention too late as this can hurt any claims that you may want to make.
Inform The Healthcare Provider
When you seek medical attention, you will need to inform the doctor or other healthcare provider that your injury was work-related. It is important that this information is recorded in the medical notes from your initial visit. This is something that you need to check because healthcare providers will not automatically do this.
Having this recorded in the initial medical report is vital if you want any claims you make to be successful. Insurance companies will often reject workers’ compensation claims if this notation is not included. This can result in you not being able to get the compensation that you deserve.
Report Your injury
After seeking medical attention, you need to report your injury to your employer. This should be done as soon as possible. The reason for not waiting is the fact that employers and insurance companies will try to deny any claims if they are not promptly reported. Reporting the accident and resulting injury is something that you need to do even if the paramedics are called to your office.
Keep A Diary
After reporting your injury, you will need to start a diary of everything that is happening. This is due to the fact that certain states have laws which allow you to receive weekly wage replacement payments. However, to receive these payments, you will need to have records that you are not working because of the injury you sustained.
The diary should also include information about the treatment that you need for the injury. Some of the information you need to have is the time and date of any medical appointments, who the appointment is with and where the appointment is. You should also make a note of how far you have to travel to receive the medical attention that you need. You also need to include information about the expenses you are paying and keep all of the receipts.
Contact An Attorney
Navigating the world of workers’ compensation claims can be stressful and this is something that you need to avoid when injured. This is why one of the steps that you need to take is to contact an attorney. Ideally, you will want to contact an attorney that specializes in these types of claims.
There are a number of steps that you need to take after an on the job injury. This will include getting medical attention, keeping a diary of everything and reporting the injury to your employer. You should also get in touch with an attorney who will be able to help you with any claims that you need to make.