If you are injured at work, it can be confusing and overwhelming to know what to do. You may have questions about how much time you need off of work, what your employer’s obligations are in regards to providing medical care for the injury, and many other things. This blog post is designed to answer those questions by walking you through the steps that should happen when an employee gets injured at their place of employment.
#1 Talk to Management
If you are injured, immediately notify your supervisor so that assistance can be provided. Employers typically have a process for reporting injuries and filing an incident report. They may also provide medical care coverage to the employee if needed or will find someone on site who is qualified in handling such matters. It is also important to follow any given instructions from supervisors regarding time off of work to ensure you follow company policy. It would also be wise to contact appropriate personnel within HR like benefits managers or insurance carriers (if this has been established with the employer) as well as anyone else designated by company policy about the injury and what should happen next – their input could help clarify things further.
#2 The Legalities
If you believe that your injury is a result of employer negligence or if their lack of care for safety measures created the conditions under which you became injured, then it’s likely going to be necessary to hire legal counsel. The lawyer can help figure out what needs to happen next and make sure that everything goes accordingly.
A personal injury lawyer specializes in identifying situations where people have been injured, and they are able to give appropriate legal advice as well as be a source of support. They may also take on the responsibility for filing claims with insurance providers so that you don’t need to do it yourself. If your employer is at fault, or if their negligence has caused an injury, then this person will get involved by investigating what happened and figuring out how much compensation should happen next. If you’re not sure whether something was done negligently or through standard procedure, personal injury attorneys can help figure that out, too – just ask them!
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#3 Take Care of Yourself
Now that you’ve handled all the admin, it’s important to take care of yourself as well! Be sure to seek the help of a healthcare professional and have them evaluate you on your injuries. Some companies may also require a doctor’s report with regards to your injury, whether they need it for filing purposes or if there is a dispute later on. Take all the time you need to get better and check in with your employer from time to time with an update so they are also in the loop.
The steps outlined here are just a summary – there may be other obligations or policies that come into play as well. It is essential for employees to understand their options so they can make an informed decision about how best to proceed with their situation in the easiest and most hassle-free way possible!