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Three actions to take after a workplace accident

Most people try to avoid injuries whenever possible, but it may not be possible to avoid all injuries. When an injury occurs at work, the injured worker is often eligible to receive certain benefits. These benefits can include compensation for medical bills, lost wages and sometimes vocational rehabilitation.

If you are injured at work, there are several steps you may need to take to get the benefits you may be eligible to receive. Three of the first steps you may need to take include reporting the incident, seeking proper medical care and making detailed notes.

Report the incident

Anytime you are injured at work, it is important to report the injury to your employer right away. Even injuries that appear minor should be reported in case symptoms develop later. By reporting an injury right away, it will usually be clear that the injury occurred at work and not somewhere else.

Get medical attention

If you are injured, it is important to promptly seek appropriate medical care. Your employer may require you to see a specific medical provider, but you also have the right to see a doctor of your choice. Just remember to use workers’ compensation instead of your regular medical insurance.

Keep detailed notes

After a workplace injury, it can be helpful to record detailed notes about everything. Keep a copy of the letter you submit to your employer reporting the incident. Make copies of every document you are asked to sign. Write down the details about how you received your injury, including who may have witnessed it. Detail the symptoms you notice each day and any other details that seem relevant.

If you are injured at work, completing these and other important steps can help you secure the benefits you are eligible to receive. Fair compensation for your injury-related expenses can help you afford the actions that are necessary to help you recover.

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