Even when safety procedures are in place, employees may get hurt on the job. To get through this situation, it’s important to know what steps to take in advance so that you can act quickly.
Naturally, this starts with examining and treating the injury. Medical care should be the primary goal. When it’s clear that all that can be done has been done and the emergency crews have been contacted, if necessary, then further steps can be taken.
The next thing to do is to officially report the injury. Official forms that need to be filled out should be easy to find, and they should be completed and turned in as soon as possible. This gets the ball rolling toward workers’ compensation benefits.
A visit to the doctor is quite important to the proceedings. This may sound obvious, but remember that all injuries aren’t emergencies. Some employees put it off. When seeking workers’ compensation, though, reports from a doctor to back up an employee’s claims are hugely beneficial.
This does not mean that an employee can’t seek compensation later on. Some injuries don’t always show themselves right away. For example, a worker may hit his or her head and think little of it, but the worker may then start having headaches and realize that he or she suffered a concussion in the days to come. Whenever possible, though, it’s good to fill out paperwork when the details are fresh in a person’s mind and to get medical treatment right away.
If you’re trying to get compensation after an accident, you must know your rights as an employee and exactly what steps you need to take so that your claim goes through. It’s important to do this quickly, especially if you can’t work while you recover, so that you can keep paying the bills.
Source: HNI, “Workplace Incident Report: 7 Immediate Steps to Take After an Injury,” Jodi Mathy, accessed Sep. 29, 2016