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Take these essential steps after a workplace accident

On Behalf of | Feb 22, 2024 | Workplace Accidents

Nothing can fully prepare you for a workplace accident, although knowing what to do in the aftermath is crucial. Taking the proper steps can protect your well-being and your right to receive any support and benefits you are entitled to.

Here is what you need to do after a workplace accident to navigate the claims process as smoothly as possible.

Seek medical attention

Reach out for medical help immediately, even if your injuries seem superficial. Getting checked will give you a clear sense of your condition while providing official documentation or evidence of the nature and extent of your injuries. Remember to attend all follow-up appointments and follow your healthcare provider’s instructions for recovery.

Inform your employer

Notify your supervisor or employer about the accident as soon as possible. This is important for creating an official record of the incident, which may be necessary for the workers’ compensation claims process.

Document the incident

Record information about the accident when your memory is still fresh. Note the date, time, location and any witnesses, among other relevant details. If possible, take photos of the scene and your injuries. Do not forget to keep records of the ensuing medical expenses. This documentation can be valuable later on.

Learn more about how the workers’ compensation claims process works

It’s also prudent to familiarize yourself with what goes into submitting a workers’ compensation claim. Can you choose your treating doctor? How long do you have to make a claim? Having the necessary information on how things work can help you take informed action.

Finally, consider reaching out for legal guidance to better understand your rights as an injured worker, gather relevant evidence and present a solid case in service of the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve.