6 steps to handle a work injury

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You might be thinking that work injuries only happen in hard-labor job sites. However, this isn’t quite true. Although there may be more of a risk for an employee to be injured while working in something like the construction field, employees can become injured working anywhere.

For example, those working in restaurants are at risk of heavy boxes in the freezer falling on top of them. Office workers are at risk of wrist and hand problems, and that’s just to name a few. If you’re an employee, there’s always some type of risk of being hurt on the job.

If you or a family member received a work injury, then you should know about the important steps to take following the incident.

There is a proper way to handle a work injury to ensure that you receive the treatment and compensation that you deserve.

It’s time to put yourself first.

Read our step-by-step guide below on what to do after getting hurt on the job!

1. Report the Injury to Your Employer

The first thing you should always do is report the injury to your employer. Unless the injury is severe enough where you need emergency assistance, report it to your employer first.

If emergency treatment is needed, receive that help first and then notify your employer as soon as possible.

Depending on what the injury is, how you received it, and what type of work you were doing when you received it, there is certain paperwork that needs to be filled out. Your employer or supervisor will provide you with these forms.

Again, be sure to fill these out and return them as soon as possible. Waiting too long might result in your claim being denied.

2. Seek Medical Treatment Immediately

After notifying your employer, seek medical treatment immediately. Go to the nearest emergency room or urgent care center for treatment if you need attention ASAP.

If not, contact your healthcare provider and schedule an appointment for the next available slot.

However, do keep in mind that even if your injury doesn’t require immediate attention, you’ll want to be seen within a week.

Waiting longer than a week gives the impression that you’re not truly hurt, which can be used against you by your employer.

If your primary care doctor doesn’t have something available within a week, go to the nearest walk-in clinic first. Then, you can see your doctor later down the road when they have an opening.

When you do receive your treatment, be sure to let the doctor know that you’re there due to a work-related injury.

The doctor’s office may need to contact the workers’ compensation claims department for instructions on how to bill them…
 
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