If you are injured at work, it’s important to take the right steps to protect your rights and ability to receive benefits.
Unfortunately, due to the stress of the situation, you may make mistakes that cost you in the long run. The best way to avoid mistakes after a workplace injury is to learn what they are.
1. Failing to report the accident
Even if you don’t think your accident or injury was serious, you should report it. Some employers pressure workers only to report serious incidents. To receive workers’ compensation benefits, however, you must report the incident regardless of your employer’s opinion.
2. Failing to get medical care
After you are injured, you need to get medical care right away. Depending on the type of injury you experience, it may be necessary to call an ambulance. If you don’t do this, it may negatively impact your injury claim. It can also make it impossible to receive disability benefits.
When you go to the doctor, tell them about prior or pre-existing injuries and conditions. If you lie or fail to tell the whole truth, it may impact your credibility and reduce your chances of compensation.
3. Failing to return to work when you can
If you don’t return to work when your doctor says you can, you may lose the worker’s compensation benefits. Some workers don’t feel like they can return to work, even on restricted duty. If this is the case, you should let your doctor know. You should never try to push yourself to do more than you can just because your doctor (or employer) says you can.
After an injury at work, you need to take the right steps and avoid the mistakes here to ensure you can file a claim. Knowing your legal options will help you protect your rights and your future.