Back-Breaking Work: What to Do If You’re Injured on the Job

 

An injury on the job can happen to anyone. If you end up with any injury, minor or severe, from a workplace accident, then how you handle it can make a huge difference in your recovery and any financial compensation you receive. Here’s what you need to do if you get injured on the job.

 

See a Doctor

 

Regardless of how you feel and your opinion on the severity of the injury, you should see a doctor as soon as you can. Major injuries often seem like no big deal at first until the symptoms get significantly worse because you didn’t recover properly. A doctor can check you out, determine what your injuries are and create a recovery plan for you. Medical exam records will also come in handy if you need to file a worker’s compensation claim.

 

Report the Injury

 

You should always report workplace injuries to your employer. Failure to do this could make it more difficult if you need to file a worker’s comp claim later. Your employer also can’t help you if they don’t know about your injury. By reporting it to them, you can have your workload adjusted if necessary or get time off without needing to use your vacation days.

 

Let Your Body Heal

 

Make sure you follow your doctor’s recovery plan to the letter. If your doctor wants you to take it easy for a week, don’t try to tough it out and continue working out because you feel fine. There’s the possibility that you make your injury worse this way or prolong your recovery period. Take it slow when you resume your usual activities to ease yourself into things.

 

File a Worker’s Compensation Claim for Any Expenses

 

When you suffer an injury at the workplace, it’s typically your employer’s responsibility, unless the injury was due to your own negligence. Your employer’s worker’s comp insurance company is supposed to cover your expenses during this time, which may include lost wages and doctor’s bills. This can only happen if you file a claim, though. If your claim is denied, you can check the reason for the denial and appeal it. Consulting with a worker’s comp attorney like Gilbert, Blaszcyk & Milburn LLP or someone similar can also be helpful in the event of a denied claim.

 

It’s no fun getting injured and needing to adjust your usual routine. Follow the steps above to minimize the impact workplace injuries have on your life.

BY: Kara Masterson

Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from Utah. She enjoys Tennis and spending time with her family.