If you sustain an injury at work that requires medical care, you need to act quickly. In order to ensure that your medical care is covered by your employer, you are going to need to do a few things.
Tell Your Employer What Happened
As soon as you are injured on the job, you need to tell a supervisor what happened. You should not continue working if you are injured and need medical attention. By bringing your injury to the attention of your supervisor as soon as it happens, you increase both the chance that your claim will be accepted and that you will receive compensation quickly.
If you fail to tell your supervisor that you are hurt, it could be more difficult for you to get your claim accepted.
Get Medical Treatment
After you are injured, you should seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Even if the injury seems insignificant at the time, you are not a medical professional. A medical professional can ensure that your injury does not develop into anything more serious and will be able to tell you what future medical care you may need.
When you get medical treatment, it is vital that you tell your medical provider that the injury happened at work. You need to make sure that they know what you were injured on the job. Give your medical provider a quick, short and concise version of the story, and make sure that they write down in their notes that you are seeing them for a work injury. This will help you make your case down the road when you file your worker's compensation claim.
Pay Close Attention When Filling Out The Accident Report
Most employers require employees who are injured on the job to fill out accident report forms. If you are not feeling well, you should ask to fill out the report at a later time. You shouldn't have to fill out the report before you get medical attention.
When you do fill out the report, be concise and consistent with everything that you write down. Your accident report will become a part of your employer's records and will most likely be used in the process to determine if your worker's compensation claim will be paid.
If you are injured on the job, you need to make sure that you notify your supervisor right away. You also need to take care and make sure that what you tell your supervisor and your doctor matches what you write in your injury report. For more information, contact Bruce K Billman or a similar legal professional.