If you’re hurt while you’re working, it’s important for you to let your employer know and to take action to get the benefits that you need. The priority is for you to seek medical care, so that you can stabilize your condition. Let the health care provider know that you were hurt on the job and that you’re coming from the work site.
After seeking medical help, the first thing to do is to let your employer know that you’ve been hurt in a workplace incident. You need to do this as soon as possible, so that your claim is not delayed or denied due to waiting too long to file. If you can, let your employer know within 24 hours.
Your employer should help you file your claim. If they will not, or if they claim your injury is not related to your work, then you may want to speak with your attorney about your options.
Do you need evidence after a workplace accident?
You will need evidence of some types after a work accident. Some common pieces of evidence to collect and keep include:
- Pictures of damage in the workplace or hazards that led to your injury when possible
- Medical records
- Witness statements (or at least records of who was at the scene of the incident)
Each of these will help you make your claim and show that your injuries were related to your workplace.
Should you work with a workers’ compensation attorney if you’re hurt in a work accident?
In many cases, it’s easier to work with an attorney than to handle this kind of issue on your own. You may need to stay in the hospital or to focus on your health, so having your attorney handle your claim frees up your time and reduces the stress you have to deal with. Your attorney will keep you updated as your claim moves forward and will be there to assist with denials or delays as they arise.
If you do receive a denial and haven’t spoken with your attorney, you may want to do so to get help with the appeal.