Five Things To Do After A Work Injury
Building the foundation to a strong workers’ compensation case starts from minute one. Knowing what to do could not only save you from further injuries, but it can save you time when you have a plan ahead of time.
Seek Medical Attention Promptly
If you experience a life-threatening emergency, dial 911 or go directly to the nearest hospital. The most important thing to do is make sure you are no longer in any danger and that you are evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible. Follow the doctor’s instructions.
Tell Your Employer You Were Injured
Try to notify the manager on duty or your employer as soon as possible after you were injured. They are legally required to file a first report of injury to the state’s workers’ compensation division.
Record Important Information And Gather Documents
Be sure to make notes such as the location of the incident, what you were doing, witness information and any other information that may be relevant. You should also photograph your injuries and the location where it occurred.
You can also start gathering records to build your case. These may include your medical records, employee file, log books, maintenance inspection reports and any correspondence between you, your employer or coworkers.
Contact A Lawyer
After reporting the incident, do not speak with anyone about it except a lawyer. We can correspond with the insurance company and any other relevant parties about your case. We know the rights of injured workers and will propose a strategy to recover the maximum amount of damages.
Keep in mind that you and your attorney will be working together on your case. You must provide treatment updates, attend required meetings and respond to their requests for information. The more engaged you are in your own case, the better opportunity for compensation you may have.
Attend Medical Appointments
Do not skip any type of medical appointment. If you delay or stop treatment when you still need it, it can be harder to fight for compensation. Ensure you are doing what you can to get on the road to recovery.
Contact Meyer, Puklich, & Merriam For A Free Consultation
We understand workers’ compensation law and we know how to help injured workers obtain the benefits they need. Discuss your rights with our team by calling 952-444-9920 or emailing our Eden Prairie office.