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3 Vital Steps To Take If You’ve Been Hurt At Work

It’s uncommon to get hurt at work, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen. Since it’s relatively rare, you likely wouldn’t know what to do if it happens to you.
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It’s uncommon to get hurt at work, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen. Since it’s relatively rare, you likely wouldn’t know what to do if it happens to you.

As overwhelming as the process is, it’ll be easy to feel overwhelmed or confused when it happens.

You’ll need to take various steps to make sure you’re taken care of and the situation is rectified. Getting medical attention is the most obvious of these, but there are far more steps you could need to get through.

Three of them stand out with this.

Hurt At Work: 3 Steps To Take

1. Report ASAP

One of the first things you should do when you’re hurt at work – aside from getting medical attention – is to report the accident happening. In many cases, you’ll have up to 30 days to report a workplace accident, giving you enough time to get medical help before reporting the incident to your employer.

Just because your supervisors and other higher-ups have heard about the accident doesn’t mean it’s been properly reported. Make sure you put in a formal report about the accident. It could be vital when you’re  going through a few subsequent steps and saves you a few headaches.

2. Document The Scene

Reporting the accident is one of the more important steps to take, but documenting the scene is right alongside it in importance. You’ll need photographs of the scene, as well as statements from anyone who witnessed the accident happen.

If you can’t do this yourself, get someone you trust to do it for you. The more information you have on-hand about the incident, the better you’ll be in the long-term. If there are any disputes between you and your employer because of the accident, this evidence can be essential to later steps.

3. Get Legal Help

Depending on what happens, you could end up needing to seek a legal claim because of your workplace accident. It could be a vital part of getting a settlement for rotator cuff and bicep tear, for example. Speaking with an attorney is a key part of this.

The legal part of a workplace accident can be complicated at the best of times, and it could be practically impossible to navigate on your own. With an attorney, you’ll make this much easier for yourself, and you’ll be much more likely to get the compensation you’re due.

If you’ve documented the scene well-enough, you shouldn’t have a problem with this part.

Hurt At Work: Wrapping Up

Getting hurt at work is never expected, but it’s something that could affect anyone. If it happens to you, you could feel confused and mightn’t know what to do. That’s understandable. Outside of getting medical attention, you’ll need to take a few specific steps.

Documenting the scene, reporting the accident quickly, and even speaking to an attorney are some of the more notable. They’ll get you the help you need and make sure you’re compensated for your injuries. There’s no reason not to get them done.

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