Workplace accidents are common within today’s society. When you are injured at work, it is important that you receive the necessary medical treatment for your injuries as soon as possible. There are five steps you should take. Read More:
Here are the 5 most important things to do when you are involved in an accident at work:
1. Report your injury to a supervisor or manager immediately to ensure that your employer has been notified of your injuries. Your accident MUST be reported to your employer within 30 days of the date on which your accident occurred.
2. Locate a document referred to as a Panel of Physicians (see image below). This document should be posted in a conspicuous location where all employees will be able to locate it. If possible, ask a Human Resources representative for a copy of this document to check if it has been updated by the employer. Take a picture or obtain a copy of the document, even if the document is blank and does not list any doctors.
3. Choose a doctor from the doctors listed on the Panel of Physicians, and have your employer schedule an appointment with this doctor as soon as possible. When you are seen by this doctor, make sure that all visits are paid for by your employer or their workers’ compensation insurance carrier, and NOT your health insurance.
4. If the doctor assigns you any work restrictions, inform your employer of these restrictions as soon as possible.
5. If you feel that you have serious injuries that will require extensive medical treatment, or the employer does not cooperate with you in regards to your injuries and restrictions, contact an attorney as soon as possible.
Please be advised: every legal case is different. While this information may be informative, it is not intended to constitute legal advice. To determine if the circumstances presented here apply to your case, please do not hesitate to call us today.