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4 Practical Steps After Sustaining An Injury At Work

May 11, 2024

Workplace injuries happen at a higher rate than you think.

These injuries are fairly common, and if you sustained an injury at work, you might be wondering what to do after it happens.

It’s so important that you seek help right away if you have an injury at work. The steps you follow after your injury could severely impact your future.

Man in wheel chair working with claim manager to complete compensation claim following an injury at work

In some countries, you can begin by filing a ‘worker’s compensation claim’ to receive the compensation that you deserve.

However, consider getting help with case management should your injury lead to a disability or long-term time off work.

A case manager could work on your behalf to make sure that you get compensation for the injury.

But practically, what should you do immediately after an injury has occurred?

Let’s take a look below.

Steps to Follow After Work Injuries

Speak to a supervisor.

As soon as an injury occurs in the workplace (and following necessary first aid or treatment), speak to a line manager or supervisor and inform them of the event.

They’ll be able to review your rights, provide further guidance, and make sure that you have all the paperwork filled out correctly.

You should complete an official accident report straight away, as there are deadlines in certain areas for reporting events by specific dates.

Otherwise, you won’t qualify to receive your worker’s compensation.

Get some medical help.

You will need to have a medical report to back up the accident that has occurred, so you need to speak to a doctor promptly.

There are several non-fatal work injuries that result in days away from work, such as slips, trips or falls.

However, there are other more serious injuries in the workplace that could require treatment in an emergency department.

Find out if your employer covers any travel costs if you have to go to a hospital or a physician after your injury (as it happens in some places).

You should also know that in order to process your compensation claim, you may need to visit the doctor that your supervisor refers you to.

Get as much evidence as you can.

From video surveillance to witness testimony, you need to get as much evidence as you can about the accident.

It is normal to forget certain details in the weeks or days after you sustained an injury at work, but you need to write down what you can remember as soon as you can.

Keeping a record while it’s still fresh in your mind is important.

Make sure that you file your claim.

Get some help from your case manager, but make sure you file a claim if you are injured at work.

A worker’s compensation claim should be something that you file straight away so that you can cover your injuries, any diseases, and any long-term care you may need.

While you may not have to prove that you sustained your injuries on the job, you will need to prove that work made a significant contribution.

As worker’s compensation claims need to be processed within a certain timeframe, keeping these tips in mind will help if you ever need to file one yourself or support someone else.

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