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Workplace injury aftermath: Important steps to take

On Behalf of | Dec 13, 2023 | Workers' Compensation, Workplace Injuries |

Many Minnesota residents are industrious people holding jobs in various occupations. Most of these individuals complete their daily shifts with no major incidents. Unfortunately, not all workers are that lucky. Data from 2019 reported that 2.8 million workplace injuries took place annually throughout the United States. Knowing a few crucial tips can help you calmly deal with the aftermath of an injury at work should you ever get hurt on the job.

Get medical attention

Your health and safety are two vital factors after an occupational injury. Because of this, you should immediately seek medical attention after a work-related accident. If you’re unable to complete this step, a co-worker or supervisor should call emergency services right away. Depending on the severity of your injury, you can spend considerable time in a nearby hospital.

Document the incident

For most, the brain remembers things clearly and accurately after they happen. You’ll likely have a clearer mental image of your workplace incident immediately afterward than recalling it a week or month later. Take notes on paper or your smartphone, so you can relay the details when necessary.

File a workplace report

Once you can do so, the next step is reporting this incident to your employer. Every employer should have guidelines for how to report injuries. While it might seem intimidating, you must complete this step. Plus, it’s a vital form of evidence that your injuries occurred.

Obtain workers’ compensation

Job-related injuries can put you in a significant financial bind because you will be unable to work. Since this is often the case, it’s often beneficial to seek workers’ compensation. Filing for and receiving workers’ compensation may also help partially or fully cover your medical-related expenses in addition to enabling you to meet your daily needs.

Many factors can cause workplace injuries, such as clutter, spills and faulty equipment. Fortunately, filing claims quickly and including as many details as possible helps ensure you’re taken care of after an on-the-job injury.

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