Even when you take precautions, you may still suffer an injury while on the job. Workplace accidents can be frightening and confusing, and you may wonder what your next steps are.
After a work-related accident, you should take these steps immediately to protect yourself.
Seek medical attention for injuries
After an injury on the job, you should seek medical attention without delay. Even if you do not believe you are seriously injured, you should still consult with a medical professional as accidents can cause problems that are not immediately apparent.
Document the accident in writing
You should document your accident in writing as soon as possible. By documenting your accident, you will help yourself remember the details. Additionally, you should ask any witnesses to provide accounts of what happened.
Report the accident to your employer
You should report any accidents to a supervisor or manager immediately. Timely reports are important for workers’ compensation cases and any potential lawsuits. Your employer will want to hear about your injury as soon as possible to allow them to prevent further work-related accidents.
File a report
You should file a report of your injury even if you do not believe you will receive workers’ compensation. Limits on the time you have to file may affect your ability to receive workers’ compensation later.
Follow up with your employer
Employers must report workplace injuries promptly. Make sure to follow up with your employer to ensure they make the necessary filings. If you find that your employer is not cooperating, legal counsel can help you understand what steps to take next.