There were approximately 327,060 job-related sprains, tears, and strains reported in 2013, but that might not cover every work-related injury that occurred. Many people simply don’t know what to do after they’re injured on the job, which results in numerous complications and employer issues.

If you’re ever injured on the job, it’s important to know exactly what to do when the injury occurs. To avoid any complications with workers compensation claims, here is everything you need to do after you’ve been injured on the job.

Report the Injury

The very first thing you should do after being injured at work is, of course, report the injury. You should immediately report the injury to your supervisor and make it clear that your injury was a result of on-the-job duties and conditions. While there are time frames put forth by each state, it’s important that you report your injury as soon as possible after it happens.

The Accident Report

First of all, make sure an accident report is filled out. This is important, as it can make or break your workers compensation case. In addition, you need to have a copy of the accident report for your personal files. Keep a record of when you reported the injury and when your supervisor got back to you with the report. If you end up needing the services of a workers compensation lawyer, it’s imperative that you have this information.

Seek Medical Care

Medical care should be sought immediately after the injury occurs, especially if it was serious. However, keep in mind that the doctor you see must be one that is approved by your employer. While you’re there, make sure to describe the incident in as much detail as possible for the doctor’s records. The most important thing to remember here is to follow any medical instructions you’re given. If you don’t, your employer may argue that you refused proper medical care and negate your workers compensation claim.

No matter the injury, make sure you’re taking these steps as soon as possible after you’ve been hurt on the job.