Today’s workplace environment is more protected than ever to take into consideration the health and safety of its employees. From time to time, accidents do occur that can range from sprains and strains to more serious broken bones, concussions, burns, head, neck, back or extremity injuries, overexertion that can lead to heart attacks and in some severe cases death.
If you have been injured at work, it is crucial that you report it immediately, even if you are not experiencing symptoms. If you do not report your injury or there is any delay, your employer can deny the accident occurred or have grounds to say it did not happen at the workplace. Here are a few steps to help you if you have been injured at work:
- Report your accident to your supervisor or HR department in writing immediately. This is typically done by filling out an “incident report”.
- Report the accident to your union if you are a union member.
- Reach out to your co-workers or any witnesses to ensure that they offer proof of what occurred to your employer.
- Understand your rights provided by your employer to seek immediate injury medical attention. This is key because some injuries, such as soft tissue damage from sprains and strains, can take several days or longer to result in symptoms. Don’t guess with your health, get the immediate care even if your symptoms are not fully present.. When you seek proper injury medical attention, this early assessment will help to spot signs of trouble so you can be proactive and reduce your risk of long-term complications.
At Injury Doc, we understand that an accident at work can impact every area of your life from your ability to work and family to your financial well-being. This is why it is important to not only seek the medical care you need but it is also important to obtain independent legal counsel after your workplace injury has occurred.
The proper documented medical care paired with legal advice will ensure that you get the care you deserve and your questions answered so you can protect yourself and your family’s financial security while getting back your health.
The team at Injury Doc is here to help you get paired with the injury team you need, contact us today to get started.