Protect Yourself: What to Do if You’re Hurt at Work

Did you know that a joint study between NPR and CJI found that in the last decade at least 384 workers have died from environmental heat exposure?

Due to ambiguous and varying safety procedures in each state, it’s tricky to know what to do when you get injured at work. Depending on your industry, a workplace injury can even leave you in a financially unstable situation.

It’s important to know your rights when starting a high-risk job. So, what exactly should you do if you get hurt at work?

We’re here to fill you in. Keep reading below to learn what steps to take if you get injured on the job.

Get Urgent Injuries Treated

If you get hurt at work and your injury requires urgent attention, get help from medical professionals immediately. Although this will be a stressful situation, be sure that you or someone accompanying you receive documented copies of any medical assessments, prescriptions, bills, and paid receipts.

Inform Your Employer

Inform your employer about your workplace injury as soon as possible. It’s best to do this both verbally and in writing, as different states have different requirements.

A written statement will serve as an important piece of information in some situations, so be as thorough as possible. Include what specific injury you obtained, how it happened, who witnessed it, and to whom you’re reporting the accident.

Seek Legal Consultation

Your employer is required to fill out the “Employer” section of the forms. If they don’t comply, contact your state’s worker compensation agency or a lawyer. 

However, even if your employer is ready to assist you, you may still require legal help. It can be difficult to parse through the legalities of a worker’s compensation claim, and an attorney can help you sort through all the legal jargon to ensure you receive the benefits you’re entitled to.

It’s wise to keep a shortlist of potential injury lawyers you can contact if you face any potential future injuries. Whether it’s something as simple as a wrist-sprain injury lawyer or something as complex as an offshore rig death attorney, it’s good to be prepared.

File a Worker’s Compensation Claim

Your employer should provide you with the forms needed to file a worker’s compensation claim. If they don’t have them on hand, you may have to contact your state’s worker’s compensation agency to request the forms.

States also have varying requirements when it comes to filing a worker’s compensation claim. Be sure to follow all of your state’s rules perfectly, as the initial filing often initiates the claim process. However, in some cases, you’ll have to meet with your state’s worker’s compensation agency to begin the claim process. 

Efficiently Manage Being Hurt at Work

The last thing you want is to get hurt at work, especially if you’re working in a dangerous industry. However, no one can predict the future, and that’s why it’s important to know how to handle a workplace injury. With the info above, you’ll have a clearer understanding of how to best proceed after your injury.

Looking for more legal tips? Check out the rest of our blog for info on everything from the divorce process to personal injury lawyers to child custody cases.

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