What to do if you are hurt at work? Although many of us have encountered either the reality or the possibility of a work-related injury, few among us know how to react in such a situation.  Taking appropriate steps to protect your legal rights can mean the difference between a successful personal injury claim or the nightmare of an unresolved lawsuit.

Legal Primer: Steps to Take After a Work-Related Accident or Injury

  1. The first step you absolutely must take in the event of a workplace scenario, in which you sustain injury, is to notify your supervisor, immediately. Clarify that the injury was sustained in the line of your occupational duties.  This step should be taken regardless of the extent of your injury or even the certain knowledge that you are injured.
  2. Make sure the party responsible for filing an accident report does so.  If they refuse, take action to write one yourself, stating your view of what occurred. This must be done in a timely manner, following the filing laws of your state.  If you must make your own report, provide a copy to your employer and request a signed receipt stating that they received it.
  3. Make notes of any meetings or other contacts with any persons or entities, significantly regarding your incident. Keep all paperwork in a secure place.
  4. Obtain medical assistance from a professional who has been selected by your employer, and clearly state to the doctor how your employment caused your injury. If the doctor does not appear to be appropriately managing your care, again keep your own notes.
  5. If you are a member of a collective bargaining organization, report the injury to them. If you are not a member, join the union and report your injury occurrence.
  6. Follow all medical instruction to the smallest detail, after asking the physician to write down his orders. Carry your own copy and give one to your employer. Make sure all medical invoicing is sent to your employer.
  7. Be conscious of your right to appropriate and effective medical attention. Denial of this right should prompt you to contact the employer or their insurance provider. If you still do not receive your rightful care, you may need to contact the Worker’s Compensation administrator in your state.
  8. Timely money benefits, for lost wages or other incidental compensation are other rights that you are entitled to, by law.  Penalty benefits may be your due, if your employer does not follow your state’s proper legal procedures in this regard.
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