What to do immediately after suffering a workplace injury

On Behalf of | Jun 28, 2024 | Workers' Compensation, Workplace Injuries |

Workplace injuries can happen suddenly, leaving employees feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. Therefore, it is crucial to take prompt action to protect your health and legal rights.

If you are in a job that poses safety risks, are you prepared to handle a workplace injury? In addition, how can you seek fair reparation in your workers’ compensation claim?

Report the injury to your employer

According to Illinois law, an employee has to inform their employer of the injury no later than 45 days after the accident. However, it is best to report it right away to avoid delays in receiving benefits.

Seek medical attention

It is essential to get medical attention and receive treatment even if your injury seems minor. Delaying medical treatment can worsen your health and affect your workers’ compensation claim.

Additionally, give accurate information to your medical providers when receiving treatment. Describe how the injury occurred and the symptoms you are experiencing. Correct information will help your medical providers diagnose and treat your injury properly.

Follow your doctor’s orders

After receiving treatment, it is vital to follow your doctor’s orders. This includes attending all appointments, taking prescribed medication and following restrictions on work or activity. Failing to follow your doctor’s orders can affect your health as well as your claim.

Document everything

Further, it is essential to document everything related to your workplace injury. This includes keeping records of all your medical treatments, communication with your employer and any witness statements. Proper documentation can help support your claim for the benefits you are entitled to.

Ensuring your health and well-being

Going through the workers’ compensation process can be complex and challenging. With legal support, you may seek the compensation you deserve as you aim to ensure your health and well-being.

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