Injuries, even small ones, can have a monumental effect on the injured party. Even more so when the injury happens at work. Workplace injuries are often a confusing and stressful time for employees, and can leave workers questioning what to do next. A good question to answer is ‘what causes workplace injuries’? Workplace injuries and illnesses commonly result from falls, repetitive motion injuries, manual materials handling, slips and falls and motor vehicle accidents.
We’ve come up with a list of what you should do if you become injured at work so if this unfortunately happens to you or a loved one, you’ll know what to do.
Report the Accident
It may sound like common sense, but the first thing thing you should do after being injured at work is to report the injury to a supervisor. You can run into problems if you don’t realize that you are injured right away and some states have a short window to file an accident report.
See a Doctor
Like some car accident injuries, workplace injuries may become apparent after the initial accident. So it is important that you see a medical professional right away so they can properly asses you and give you the proper treatment that your injury/injuries need to begin healing properly.
If an injury is discovered it’s important to report it. It is up to your employer to file a claim with their insurance company on your behalf and they can’t do this if the individual injuries are not reported.
Knowing your Legal Rights
In certain circumstances, employees injured on the job can file a lawsuit in civil court to recover additional damages. Therefore, it’s important for injured employees to understand their legal rights.
If you or a loved one has been injured at work, please contact us. We’re here to help.