Injured at Work? Now What?Written on November 12, 2015
Injured at Work? Now What? Getting hurt on the job can range from a slight inconvenience to a horrible ordeal, especially if you miss work due to your injuries. Add on a family that is depending on your paycheck, and you can have a nightmare on your hands if you try to handle it yourself.
If you do get hurt at work, first make sure you are safe and out of danger. If your injuries are serious, don’t hesitate to call an ambulance while at work and/or go to the doctor later if necessary. Be sure that your direct supervisor is made aware of the situation so that an accident report can be filed. If one is not offered, insist that one is completed and be sure to keep your copy.
It is a good idea to get a full checkup after a work injury so that it can be documented that you are in good health and can be released to regular work activities. If your work involves physical labor, this is especially true. If you cannot go back to work, you will need the doctor’s report to substantiate your injuries. You must keep good records of your medical visits, including what the doctors.
Remember that details matter! As soon as possible after the accident, start taking notes and keep a timeline of the events. No matter how insignificant they may seem at the time, write down anything and everything that comes to mind including:
• Exactly what happened when you sustained your injury
• Where you were when it happened
• The time the incident took place
• Other people who were present or involved
• Document all doctor visits
• Keep all medical reports and statements
Again, don’t hesitate to receive medical care if your injuries are serious. Keep track of everything including mileage to and from doctor’s appointments, itemized bills from your medical provider, and even a diary of your progress. Remember that health insurance companies have their own attorneys, and keep in mind that they don’t necessarily have your best interest at heart. Never sign any kind of release or statement without speaking to an attorney first, and don’t speak to anyone other than your immediate family, doctor, and attorney about your case.