Many people are hurt on the job over their time working. This may be something simple like a small cut or a burn, however it may be something much more impactful. There are a few steps that you should take no matter what kind of injury you sustain, even if you think it is minor. Unless the injury is something like a very minor papercut or a gently stubbed toe, be sure to submit a claim to your employer explaining the injury just in case something occurs later which was caused by the incident. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
The first thing you should do when you are hurt on the job is check to see who is around you. This is especially true if you notice people that you are not well acquainted with. If you see someone in the area that can be used as a witness for your injury that you do not have any sort of relationship with, it will be better for you in the event that something goes to a judicial hearing. Having someone impartial who is able to explain exactly what happened will be extremely beneficial for you, so be sure to get down the names and contact information of anyone who saw you get hurt.
Always write down the story of your injury. Be sure to inform your employer about the incident with as many details as possible. Either copy the report and get them to sign it for your own records or submit it by email and ask them to respond that they have received it. This will ensure that you have a paper record stating that you alerted the proper people of the injury. Make sure that you don’t forget to submit a claim to the Industrial Commission as well.
If the injury requires, make sure that you seek any medical attention that is suggested as soon as you can. Keep all of these records as well, and make sure that you ask the doctor to write down any diagnosis that they find. Be sure to keep copies and the originals of these documents together when you can.
Call Collier if you have been hurt at work to ensure that you get the proper compensation. Remember that we offer a free consultation so you should not hesitate in reaching out so we can help you.