All companies must have safety and hygiene protocols and procedures that their employees must follow to avoid accidents. Still, workplace accidents do happen, and it is important to know what steps you must take to report your injury. Doing it correctly and within the established deadline is essential for you to obtain workers’ compensation, which will help you during your recovery. Here are the different steps that you must follow:
- Report your injury. The most important thing to do if you are injured on the job is to report your injury as soon as possible to your immediate supervisor or manager. Not doing it could give an excuse for both your employer and the insurance company to reject your claim on the grounds that the injury did not occur during your working hours.
- Seek medical attention. It is essential that you obtain medical attention as soon as possible after the injury and that you inform the medical staff that your injury occurred while performing your job and how it occurred. This will generate an official medical report.
- Get informed. Ask your supervisor, boss, or the Human Resources department about the official documents you need to present to apply for workers’ compensation. Different states have different formats and processes. Find out promptly which one you must submit to expedite the process.
- Keep a record. It is essential that you keep track of everything that happens related to your accident, from the type of injuries to the treatments and medical procedures you may need, costs, and any other expenses that have had to come out of your own pocket. You should also keep a record of the hours and days during which you have not been able to work due to your injury. This will help when calculating the lost wages that workers’ compensation covers.
- Contact an attorney. Contact a workers’ compensation attorney who can advise you on how to go about this process