Worksite accidents are often difficult to navigate. If you are injured at work, you may be confused as to how you should proceed. There are some things you must do to be sure the incident is handled properly. In many cases, you will be entitled to compensation.
Make a Paper Trail
Imagine you were lifting something heavy at work and injured your back, or you’ve been inhaling a dangerous compound for multiple years while with the company. Whether it’s something that happened over time, or suddenly, it’s important to document it with medical professionals. A diagnosis is your first step in making a workers compensation claim.
You must also report your injury to your employers. The time limit to report a workplace injury varies by state. In some cases, you have up to 30 days to report it. In others, you must do so as immediately after a doctor has treated you.
Consider the Impact of the Injury
The first issue you’ll likely face if you’re injured on the job is medical bills. The next problem will be missing work - and paychecks. Sometimes injuries are long term and even permanent, and you may be unable to return to the workforce.
David Boehrer Law Firm notes on their website that “As the victim of a sudden injury, one of the toughest challenges you’ll face is the uncertainty over what will occur in the future. Your physical and emotional injuries could lead to extraordinary medical bills.”
The extent of your compensation will depend on how heavily the injury has impacted your life. A minor injury could still entitle you to temporary disability benefits.
Remember, Not All Injuries are Apparent
Hurting your back or falling are fairly common workplace injuries. Those aren’t the only cases in which your employer could be held responsible if you’re injured. If your employer denies you bathroom breaks, for example, you could be at risk for an injury.
Bathroom access is considered a protected right, and for a reason. Holding in those four cups of morning coffee for too long puts you at risk for a bladder infection. Bladder infection symptoms range from symptoms like fever and nausea to lower abdominal discomfort and a burning sensation while urinating. Suffering an infection could entitle you to workers compensation.
Protect Your Rights
In short, harassing you or retaliating against you is illegal on the part of your employer. If you’ve been injured on the job site, you should take the proper steps, as well as consider hiring an attorney. Correctly managing the situation will help ensure you get the compensation you’re entitled to.