If you suffer an injury at work, deciding what to do next can be a tough decision. Should you apply for Worker’s Compensation or perhaps consider suing employer for injury? Follow these guidelines to ensure that your injury is handled property.
Report Your Injury
As soon as your injury occurs, you must report it to your superiors. If an injury doesn’t require immediate medical attention, you may be more inclined to wait and see if you improve. Yet, when an accident is not reported, an employer can deny you compensation for missed time from work. Reporting an accident properly and in a timely fashion will prevent potential problems.
Get Medical Attention
If you are injured enough that you will need to miss work, or you are considering applying for Worker’s Compensation, it is important that you get medical attention so that your injury can be officially documented. Also, be sure to tell the health care provider that your injury is work related.
Present Written Documentation To Your Employer
Simply telling your employer that you have been hurt is a great start, but it may not be enough if things take a legal turn. Create a document that gives specific details, such as the date of your injury and your medical diagnosis. Make multiple copies of this document so that you can give it to your employer, your legal team and also keep one for your records.
Keep Track of Your Expenses
Keep track of all of the expenses relating to your injury. Travel expenses, medications and the cost of medical treatment should all be documented so that you can be compensated properly by your employer.
A work-related injury can be challenging to manage. Each state has different guidelines regarding employee injury, but following these simple tips will get you the compensation you deserve as quickly as possible.