Should you suffer a workplace injury, regardless of the cause, your health should take priority over everything else. You’ll have time for other details in the future, such as filing a workers’ compensation claim, but early on you need to turn your full attention to your health and making a full recovery.
Here are some things you should do after an accident:
- Assess yourself for injuries: You can’t make a formal diagnosis in the same manner as a medical professional, but you can get a better idea of what you’re up against by assessing your injuries.
- Call for help: Depending on the severity of your injury, you may want to call 911 to request an ambulance. Paramedics can rush to the scene, stabilize your condition and transport you to a local hospital as quickly as possible.
- Follow the direction of your medical team: After assessing your situation, which may include ordering additional testing, your medical team will share a diagnosis, treatment plan and long-term prognosis. This varies from injury to injury and person to person. Regardless of what your doctor tells you, follow their direction closely.
The one thing you want to avoid in regards to your health is attempting to treat your injuries at home. Doing so puts you at risk of greater injury, while also making it more challenging to obtain workers’ compensation benefits.
If your medical team suggests time away from work, you’ll want to immediately file a workers’ compensation claim. Once approved, you’ll receive regular payments that can help you maintain your financial stability as you recover.