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What Should You Do If You Were Injured At Work?

Workplace injuries happen every day in office settings, on construction sites, in factories, and everywhere in between. Some injuries might be minor, but others could be catastrophic, life-changing, or even deadly. Most people think manual workers are the only ones at risk for injury, and while they may face more potential hazards, they aren’t the only ones who could be harmed. For example, an office worker could slip on a loose floorboard and break his wrist during the fall. Whether or not your injury is serious, you need to know what to do if you suffer a workplace injury. Failing to take action, or taking the wrong action, could make things much more complicated and could even undermine your rights.

If you were injured on the job, follow these important steps:

1. Seek Medical Treatment

When you’re injured at work, your first priority should be to seek medical attention, if you need it. If the injury was minor or doesn’t require emergency treatment, inform your supervisor or manager immediately, and then seek medical care as soon as reasonably possible. If your injury is severe, don’t waste time before calling 911 or asking someone to take you to the emergency room. In any case, you should do what you can to inform your employer that you’ve been injured and are leaving work as soon as reasonably possible. If your injury is indeed serious, it’s very likely that your coworkers will have witnessed the incident or heard your cry for help, and they can tell your supervisor what happened until you are able to do so yourself.

2. Report Your Injury

After you’ve received medical attention, you need to officially report your workplace injury. In some cases, injured workers have a limited amount of time from the date of the injury to file an accident report, otherwise, they might not be able to make a workers’ compensation claim. To avoid this issue, you need to act fast. Contact your employer and ask for the appropriate paperwork so that you can submit an official report. Even if the injury wasn’t serious, you should always report it or the hazard could remain unaddressed and someone else may be injured as a result.

3. Call an Attorney

Sometimes accidents involve only you or your fellow employees. However, sometimes other persons can be involved, including customers, vendors and fellow drivers. In any of these situations, these other people could also be liable for your injujries, in addition to your workers’ compensation claim. If your injury was caused or made worse due to someone’s negligence, you may want to consider pursuing legal action in addition to workers’ compensation.

If you were injured at work, make sure you know what you need to do to preserve your health and protect your rights. Workers are protected under workers’ compensation laws if they follow the claims process correctly and meet the appropriate deadlines. In order to prevent any mistakes and to ensure your workplace injury is handled with due diligence, contact an attorney for professional legal guidance.

For help after a workplace accident, contact our Washington DC personal injury lawyers at Simeone & Miller, LLP for legal guidance.