The 3 Most Important Actions to Take After Being Hurt on the Job

In 2013 alone, there were approximately 917,100 occupational injuries and illnesses that resulted in missed days of work. While not all of those injuries resulted in a workers compensation claim, it’s still important for employees to know the appropriate actions to take after being injured at work.

Keep reading to learn the three most important actions to take after you’ve been injured at work.

Obtain Medical Treatment

The first thing you should do after any injury is seek out medical attention or first aid treatment. The sooner you get your treatment taken care of, the better. In addition, your health care provider must be authorized by the Workers Compensation Board. If you require diagnostic testing or prescription medication, your employer’s workers compensation policy may require you to seek that treatment through any number of diagnostic networks or pharmacies they frequently work with. But before you do so, make sure you have written notice that you need to see a medical provider within a certain network.

Notify Your Supervisor

Once you’ve received immediate medical treatment, the next step is to notify your supervisor or employer of the injury. In your report, you should detail exactly what the injury was, how it happened, and when it happened. If you fail to report the injury within 30 days of the incident, you may lose the right to workers compensation benefits. In the case of an illness caused by your job, you must report the incident within two years after you discovered the illness was work-related.

Complete Your Claim

Completing your claim through a workers compensation lawyer or on your own is an extremely important part of this process. If there’s lost time, you’re entitled to that compensation from your employer. A claim should be filed through a lawyer within two years after the date of injury or disablement from an occupational illness.

Each of these steps play an important part in what happens after your occupational injury. Follow these, contact our office and you should be successful in your workers compensation claim.