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Safety, Products and Liability: A Legal Blog

Key actions to take when you have been injured at work

by Liesanne Martin

If you are injured while carrying out your duties at your place of work, you are entitled to workers' compensation. However, you can only get compensated if it is proven that your injury occurred during your normal discharge of duties at your place work. To help your compensation lawyer build a strong case, you must take certain actions immediately after you are injured. These actions go a long way to providing your compensation lawyer with crucial information.

Report the injury immediately – Compensation lawyers advise that when you get any work related injury, you should report it to the HR department or the risk management department. It is not enough to report the incident to your other colleagues because they may not offer much help. The advantage of reporting the incident to the relevant people is that you are offered an accident report that you have to fill out. This report is incredibly crucial to your compensation lawyer's efforts to get you compensated.

Include your injury in your medical record You must make sure that all your injuries, and all body parts affected, are included in your medical record. It is imperative that you do this since worker's compensation does not pay to treat injuries that that do not appear in your medical records. Your compensation lawyer is also likely to be left in the dark if you claim that you severed your finger at work when your medical record does not indicate such an injury.

Visit the right medical provider – Work related injuries vary in severity and seriousness. While some can cause immediate unconsciousness, others may be mild and slightly incapacitating. A compensation lawyer will advise that in the event an injury does not cause unconsciousness, make sure you follow your employer's instructions especially regarding where to go for treatment. If you ignore your employer's instructions and seek treatment in some other facility, the chances are that your worker's compensation will not cover your medical bills. Compensation lawyers also find it difficult handling such cases because companies have specific medical providers where they send their employees.

Inform the doctor you were injured at work – Once your employer sends you to a specific hospital or doctor, make sure to inform the medical staff that you injured yourself at work. You should indicate this information in the hospital's paperwork for consistency purposes. If there are no records at the hospital that you were treated for a work-related injury, your compensation lawyer will have limited information to prove your claims.

In all these actions, ensure that you do cheat because you will be giving your compensation lawyer a difficult task of defending any false information you provide to your employer.

For more information, contact a practice like Bell Lawyers.