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Workplace Woes: What to Do If You’re Injured on the Job

It’s scary to think about being injured on the job, but it’s a reality that you need to be aware of. While following proper safety regulations and not being distracted are key to avoiding workplace injuries, you need to know what to do in case you do find yourself in harm’s way at work. Here are four things to do if you’re injured on the job.

Get medical assistance

This might seem like a no-brainer, but it definitely needs mentioning. If you’re injured, whether on the job or elsewhere, the first thing you need is medical attention. While some injuries might seem benign and able to be resolved quickly, such as a simple cut, others will need the examination and opinions of a medical professional.

Report it

Once you are of sound physical and mental condition, you need to make sure your supervisor has information, in writing, regarding your injury and the circumstances around it. If your injury incapacitates you, you’ll want to receive workers’ compensation. There are deadlines attached to this process. So, you’ll want to be as proactive as possible and offer accurate information as soon as possible.

Follow your doctor’s instructions

You should not return to work unless your doctor advises it. If you have an injury such as a broken arm, you’re likely to find yourself at an even greater risk than before, due to not having full physical functionality available to you. Schedule regular appointments with your doctor and follow their instructions absolutely about when/if you should return to work.

Hire a personal injury attorney

This is something that only needs to be done as a last resort, but is definitely worth being aware of. If you find that your workplace is not offering fair (or any) compensation for your injury, or is making claims you know to be false, you should consider hiring someone like the Law Office of Daniel E Goodman, LLC or another personal injury attorney to fight your case for you. Find an attorney who specializes in such cases and explain your situation. Work with them as best as possible in order to receive the compensation you deserve.

A workplace injury can happen in a flash and cause a very prolonged amount of stress. While you don’t want to get injured at work, having an understanding of what to do in case it does happen is vitally important. By following these tips, you can help ensure that you know what to do if you’re injured on the job.

Author information: Kare Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max. You can find Kara on Facebook and Twitter.

Bob Kraft

I am a Dallas, Texas lawyer who has had the privilege of helping thousands of clients since 1971 in the areas of Personal Injury law and Social Security Disability.

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