Depending on the type of job you have, you may or may not be that concerned about getting injured at work. If your profession is particularly physical, sustaining a workplace injury may be a reality you’ve already dealt with. On the other hand, if you don’t have a physical job that could likely result in your getting injured somehow, how to handle that type of situation may never have occurred to you. Either way, here are three things that all employees should do if you ever should be injured while on the job.
Make An Official Report
As long as your injury doesn’t require you to be rushed to the hospital in an ambulance, the first thing you should do once you’ve been injured at work is make an official report documenting your injury. WorkplaceFairness.org shares that this should ideally be put down in writing so it can be used as a reference if a lawsuit ends up happening due to the injury. By creating an official report with your employer, you are fulfilling your obligation to inform your employer of an injury you sustained while working as well as covering your bases to ensure you don’t lose any of your rights to workers’ compensation should it come to that.
Get Your Injury Checked By A Physician
Once you have written down what happened that resulted in you getting injured at work, you should then visit a doctor so you can get an accurate finding as to what injuries you actually sustained. AllLaw.com reminds us that some employers will have a specific doctor they’d like you to see for workplace injuries while other employers will be fine with you seeing your own doctors. Make sure you speak with your employer to ensure you’re following all the rules set in place for getting your injury taken care of in the right legal way.
Know Your Rights
As an employee, you have certain rights available to you as a protection in the event that you get injured while on the job. However, it’s worth mentioning that these rights and laws vary based on where you live and what industry you’re working in. Knowing this, David Landers, a contributor to Nolo.com, suggests researching what the laws are in your particular state so you can be aware of what rights you have in case you get injured. Some of these rights likely include filing a claim, getting appropriate medical treatment, retaining your job, getting disability benefits or other compensation, and having a lawyer available to you throughout the process. By knowing your rights, you can ensure you don’t get taken advantage of during this difficult time in your life.
If you have been or are concerned about getting injured at work, use the tips mentioned above to help you best maneuver this situation.