So you’ve sustained an injury while performing your regular duties at your workplace. Unfortunately, there is no step-by-step manual that tells you how to handle these types of situations. But, as something that can happen to anyone, it’s essential that everyone knows what to do when this happens. It’s often your responsibility to protect your rights as an employee and as a human being. Here are the important “dos” and “don’ts” when it comes to workplace injuries.
- Seek medical care and diagnosis. Regardless of the apparent severity of the injury, it’s important to get yourself checked by a professional. There may some underlying damage that cannot be immediately seen or felt. Left unchecked, this could grow into something much more serious. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!
- Record your account and take pictures. Observe and take note of the critical details: time, location, activity, and type of injury. You must know exactly what happened and keep your account clear and focused for future reference. Take pictures to help you remember, if needed.
- Collect information from witnesses. If there were any witnesses to the accident, collect their information (if you don’t already have it). You may need them to verify your account or fill in some details.
- Contact an attorney ASAP. Collier Law specializes in worker’s compensation and personal injury. Our attorneys are competent and experienced. Reach out to us for legal representation!
- Report the accident. An attorney may recommend that you contact the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). They are equipped to handle and record any incoming reports. Follow the procedures that they have in place and make sure to provide any necessary details.
- Delay seeking medical attention. As mentioned previously, your health and safety are of the utmost importance. Do not hesitate to get a professional check-up as soon as possible following the accident.
- Be taken advantage of. It’s perfectly understandable that you might not fully know or understand your rights as an employee. If there’s any confusion on your part, wait until you are in contact with an attorney. Do not blindly agree to anything without knowing the potential repercussions. An attorney will be better able to advise your position and guide you through the correct procedures.
- Return to work (if physically unable) or miss work (if physically able). Under no circumstance should you be required to push your body beyond its capabilities. Injury can cause prolonged stress or trauma, affecting your mental and physical performance. The risk of re-injury is very real. On the other hand, don’t neglect your duties if you are fully recovered and physically capable. Either way, communicate your needs and don’t give your workplace any reason to suspect that you are flaking on them.
As the injured party, you need to protect yourself and your rights. Keep the details of the accident clear in your mind and contact an attorney as soon as possible. Collier Law would gladly provide a skilled attorney to represent your case. Contact us today!