What Should You Do If You Were Injured At Work?
While most companies have programs, rules, and regulations that keep people safe at work, there is no guarantee that you won't have something happen on the job that could injure you. In order to avoid accidents, safe work practices are important for both the employer and the employee.
But, if you were injured on the job you might be wondering what steps you should be taking.
Filing A Report
Because companies ARE considered responsible if you get hurt on the job, it's important that you report it. Even if it seems like a minor injury, filing a report is beneficial in the the long to both you and your employer.
Do not deny medical attention. Receiving medical attention can keep your injury from becoming worse, as well as establish a record of the extent of your injuries. This will include a record of the type of injury, needed prescriptions, physical therapy, etc. Reporting an accident to your employer will also prevent any potential problems when it comes to filing workers' compensation.
Contact A Lawyer
In some smaller cases, because an employer simply doesn't want to "pay out" or allow you to get workers compensation, they will try to deny the injury or deny it happened on the job. In these cases, it's a good idea to hire a lawyer who has legal experience in on the job injuries.
A lawyer with legal experience with these kinds of claims can help you work through details with both your employer and the insurance company, while making sure your get the compensation that you deserve to cover medical expenses and/or time off work.