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Injured on the Job? 4 Essential Worker's Comp Tips to Read Before Joining the Workforce (487 hits)

While no employer wants it to happen, workplace injuries can and do occur. According to numbers released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 2.9 million nonfatal injuries sustained in 2016 by employees that worked for private companies. It’s a very serious problem. Employees must take the right steps after such an injury to ensure that they remain protected. Below are four essential steps to take immediately after being injured while on the job.

Attend to Your Injury


The most important thing to do after a workplace injury is to get medical assistance. Get first aid applied to your injury. If there’s any question about how serious the injury is, call 9-1-1. You shouldn’t take any chances. An injury may not seem life threatening, but that may not really be the case. This is especially the case with internal injuries. It may not be obvious that organs or internal body systems are seriously injured until later.

Inform Your Employer of the Injury


Your second concern should be informing your employer of the accident that lead to the injury. Make sure your supervisor has been notified of what occurred. The injury must be reported. If you forget to do so, there’s a very good chance that your employer as well as the insurance company that provides its workers’ compensation coverage will try to deny the claim.

Find an Attorney


Third, you need to find an attorney like Oxner + Permar, LLC or someone similar. Workers’ compensation is a very technical process. Many people end up being denied their claims due to technicalities and legal loopholes. You need an attorney with plenty of experience dealing with these kinds of cases to help ensure that you are successful in obtaining the compensation you deserve. Don’t try to take it all on by yourself. The help of an attorney can help make the difference.

Collect Evidence


Lastly, you need to collect evidence to help prove your claim. When you go to the doctor, make sure you obtain medical records including doctor’s notes describing the extent of the injury. Make copies and give some to your attorney. You should also take photos with your phone of the injury and the scene of the accident as well if possible.

Being injured at work can be a traumatizing experience. Still, you must remain cognizant of the fact there are certain things you must do. Performing the four tasks listed above should help to greatly increase the chances of your workers’ compensation claim being successful.
Posted By: Kara Masterson
Friday, January 5th 2018 at 12:17PM
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