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You’ve been injured at work?
In The United States, a worker is injured on the job every 7 seconds.
For employees looking for advice when injured at work, here are three tips for handling an on the job injury.
Read on to learn more
1. Contact an Injury Attorney
The cost of your medical services should be paid by either your employer’s insurance or your employer themself. If the case is controversial, you may be at risk of not receiving full medical services paid for by your employer.
It is important to contact an injury attorney if you’re injured on the job to ensure all your medical services are paid for. If your case is disagreed upon by your employer, you may have to attend a hearing and appear in court.
After your medical services are secured and paid for, remember to follow the medical care professional instructions to ensure the fastest recovery. You may be required to attend an Independent Medical Examination.
2. What to Do If You’re Injured
If you’re injured at work what to do next is very important. First, receive first aid assistance or medical treatment. In the case of an emergency, contact emergency services right away.
Don’t forget the treating health care professional must be verified by the Workers’ Compensation Board, except in the case of an emergency.
Notify your employer as soon as possible about getting hurt on the job. Tell them how it happened and about the injury itself.
If you fail to inform your supervisor, in writing, within thirty days of the job injury you may lose the right to workers’ compensation benefits. In the event of a job-related disease, you must notify your employer within two years of disablement.
Remember to complete a worker’s compensation form and submit it to the closest office of the Workers’ Compensation Board.
3. Know Your Risk Level
Some professions are more likely to be at risk for a job injury. Know your risk level and be prepared. The top three workplace injury events include:
- Contact with equipment and objects
- Slips, falls, and trips
Jobs that require repetitive motions or lifting and lowering account for the most work-related injuries every year. Try to avoid twisting when lifting and remember to take frequent breaks.
If you work with heavy objects, keep them close to the floor. Be aware of your surroundings and any moving equipment in the area. Always wear the required personal protective equipment.
The most common occupations with job injury include:
- Police and firefighters
If you are in a dangerous working environment, always communicate with your employer about necessary safety precautions and concerns you may have.
Work can be challenging enough. Don’t let a job injury add to the stress. Know what to do in the case of injury on the job that way you can get back on your feet that much quicker!
You’ve got this!
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