Workplace accidents and injuries can occur in a number of different workplace settings, including construction settings, warehouse settings or office settings. It is important to understand resources and options available and know what to do in the circumstances of a workplace accident or injury. Injured workers and their families may oftentimes rely on workers' compensation benefits which is why injured workers should always be familiar with their rights.
The first step is for the worker to report the injury to the worker's supervisor or employer. The worker should be as detailed as possible concerning the accident, the nature of the injury and the extent of the injury. Employers are required to file an injury report within 10 days of the injury.
The next important step for an injured worker to take following a workplace accident is to seek medical attention. Medical attention should always be sought immediately, of course, when necessary following a workplace accident. Medical treatment following a workplace injury may be ongoing which is why it is important promptly seek medical attention before a condition worsens and also allows the treating physician to more accurately evaluate the workplace injury suffered.
It is necessary to establish that the injury the worker suffered is related to the workplace accident which is why promptly reporting and seeking medical treatment for the injury are necessary steps for an injured worker to take following a workplace accident. Workplace accidents can happen in an instant, can be overwhelming and can lead to physical, financial and emotional challenges for workers and families which is why it is important that workers are familiar with their rights and what to do in the aftermath of a workplace accident.