If you have been injured on the job, there are several important steps you should take:
- Seek medical attention: If you have been seriously injured or are in pain, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Your employer should provide you with information about how to access medical treatment, including any on-site medical facilities or preferred providers.
- Report the injury to your employer: It’s important to report your injury to your employer as soon as possible, even if you don’t think it’s serious. Your employer is required to report the injury to their workers’ compensation insurer, and failure to report the injury within a certain timeframe may affect your ability to receive benefits.
- Complete a workers’ compensation claim form: Your employer should provide you with a claim form to complete and return. Be sure to include as much detail as possible about the injury, including how it occurred, what body parts were injured, and any treatment you received.
- Keep a record of your injury and treatment: Keep copies of all medical bills, treatment reports, and other documentation related to your injury. This will be important if you need to prove that your injury was work-related and support your claim for benefits.
- Understand your rights: It’s important to understand your rights under the workers’ compensation system. Your employer should provide you with information about your rights and how to access benefits, but you can also consult with an attorney or a workers’ compensation advocate if you have questions or need help.
If you have been injured on the job, it’s important to take steps to protect your rights and ensure that you receive the benefits you are entitled to.