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Injured on the job? Here's what you should do.

What should I do if I've been injured on the job? - George Collins, Attorney

The first thing you should do if you are injured on the job is report it to your employers. Of course, if your injuries require immediate medical attention you should seek it AND inform your supervisor at the same time if possible.

Why is this important? Sometimes when you are hurt, you don't need medical attention right away. You take a "wait and see" approach. Then, when you do seek medical care, it can be too late. If there is a delay in you reporting your injury, your employer can deny your medical benefits and lost wages from time off work, or even deny that you were hurt on the job. Don't put off telling the proper person at work that you have been hurt at work. Following the proper steps up front will prevent a lot of problems with your claim.

If you hurt your back lifting a heavy box, for instance, you may not require medical care at the time. You may wake up the next day in pain and unable to work, though, and your employer may deny your care if you did not report it at the time. You should report any injury, even if you think it is minor, in case it worsens or complications develop. Some employers have rules in place that govern how long you have to report an injury, and can punish you for not following the reporting time for on-the-job injury (usually within 24 hours but each employer has its own rules). You can be reprimanded, lose wages, or even your job.

If you are injured on the job, you are entitled to worker's compensation, lost wages, and possible a settlement if you have a permanent injury or are otherwise disabled. Speak to a knowledgeable attorney about your rights after you have been hurt at work.

I want to help you if you have been injured on the job. Call me for a no-cost no-obligation appointment so I can review your situation and help you get everything you deserve.

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