While many people assume that only those with jobs requiring manual labor have the possibility of getting injured while at work, anyone working at any job has the chance of getting hurt while working. From slipping and falling to strain on your eyes, hands, neck, legs or back, workplace injuries come in all shapes and sizes. And while you might hope that something like this will never happen to you, the reality is that you very well could get hurt while on the job. So in case this does happen to you, here are three things you should do if you get injured at work.
Immediately Make A Report
As soon as you sustain an injury, the most important thing you should do is make a report with your employers. If you have to be rushed to the hospital, the report can wait. But in all other cases, you want to file a report as soon as possible so you have documentation about what happened in the event that the legal situation gets complicated. According to WorkplaceFairness.org, your report should be in writing if at all possible. While you can also verbally report an injury to your boss or HR, you should also put the report in writing so you have your story down and all documentation in proper order.
File A Workers’ Compensation Claim
If your injury was bad enough that you’re going to need to take time off work or have medical needs that should be covered by your employer, you’re also going to want to file a workers’ compensation claim. According to David Landers, a contributor to Nolo.com, filing a workers’ compensation claim with either the workers’ compensation court or industrial court will help ensure that your rights are protected in this case. This will also give your employer and the legal system notice that an injury has happened and will place certain protections on both you and your employer while your workers’ compensation claim gets sorted out.
Get A Doctor’s Examination
In order to know the full extent of the injuries you sustain, you’ll want to get a doctor’s examination. The exact procedure for this will vary based on your injury and the protocols of your employer and state. According to AllLaw.com, some employers will require you to see a doctor of their choosing while others will allow you to see whatever doctor you want. While you can always get a second opinion, you’ll want to follow the proper procedure to ensure you’re taking care of this claim the way it should be taken care of.
If you are ever injured at work, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you maneuver through this physical and legal issue.