When you woke up to go to work, you did not expect that you would sustain a serious injury at your workplace. But this is a reality for many workers, and these injuries leave many with serious injuries that affect their employment and overall health.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employers reported 2.8 million nonfatal job-related injuries during 2019. If you are one of the many injured in a workplace setting and plan to file a workers’ compensation claim, the following tips can help.
1. Seek medical care quickly
When you get injured at work, seek medical care from a physician as soon as possible. This can lead to improved recovery time and also minimize room for discretion when it comes to the severity of your injury.
2. Notify your employer promptly
Let your employer know about your injury as soon as you can. Although you should provide spoken notice, you should also provide formal notice in a letter that outlines how the accident happened, what your injuries are and the date the accident occurred.
3. Keep detailed records
Keep careful records of any paperwork related to your injury and workers’ compensation claim. For example, you should create personal records of your daily recovery and compile copies of receipts from any medical treatment you received.
You should also follow the workers’ compensation claims process as exactly as possible. This can prevent a denial of your benefits, so you can recover and get back to work faster following the accident.