|Getting injured on the job is something no one wants to deal with, but unfortunately, it is much more common than we may think. Whether your job requires a lot of manual work that puts you at a higher risk for injuries, or you have a desk job where the chances are much lower, getting injured at work can happen to anyone. Once injured, a person will go through a difficult battle of getting the medical attention they need, the wages they deserve and the rights to certain benefits. If you’ve been injured on the job, here are the first things you need to do.|
| Get Medical Help |
If it’s a serious injury, you need to make sure you are taken to the emergency room or to see a medical professional right away. The emergency room will tell you to follow up with your primary care doctor or a specialist of some kind, which is the next step. Once you are there, be sure to get a copy of all your medical records and write down any diagnosis or treatment plan your doctor may give you.
| Report the Injury |
The most important thing that someone should do when they’re injured on the job is to make sure to report the injury. Often times, there’s some sort of dispute as to how the injury was reported or what kind of injury was reported, or whether or not it was witnessed. After ensuring your injuries are cared for, make sure somebody knows what occurred. Tell your boss or HR or even another coworker and be sure to comply with the guidelines for injured employees that is put in place. Often times, there’s an employee handbook that everyone has to have, and everyone has to have read or reviewed, and there’s a protocol for reporting an ‘on the job’ injury. It’s imperative that you make sure that protocol is followed.
|If you have suffered multiple injuries, make sure all of your injuries are included in your initial report. Each part of your body that’s hurt, or that you suspect there’s some sort of injury to, needs to be reported. If you simply report that you fell down and not specifically where you were hurt, it will be harder to prove that you were injured in multiple places and you may end up only getting compensation for one of your injures. Always make sure that all your injuries are clearly reported to your employer.|
| Hire an Attorney |
If you’ve suffered an injury and you think there’s going to be some time that you’re going to miss from work and you think you’re going to need significant medical care, the earlier an attorney gets involved, the more they can protect your right to benefits. Many people want to please their employer and they try to play by the rules by not hiring an attorney, but unfortunately this usually only hurts the employee. Hiring an attorney will help you get the compensation you deserve for any and all of your injuries and help you get back to work quicker and easier.
If you have been injured on the job, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Balkan & Patterson. Give us a call at 561-750-9191 or visit our website to learn more.