Experiencing an injury at work can be overwhelming. The stress can cloud your mind and cause you to lose track of time, especially while recovering.
This is why it is important to be aware of what to do when you experience an injury in the workplace. So, what steps should you take?
1. Report the incident as soon as possible
While you might be in shock after the injury, it is important to get help. You should obtain medical attention immediately.
After seeking medical care and treatment for your injuries, you must also remember to report the incident to your employer as soon as possible. When an employee experiences an injury, time is essential in securing workers’ compensation. In Minnesota, you must report a work-related injury within 14 days. Any time later than that might increase the risk of a denial.
2. Review the documents you need
Understanding what forms you need is critical, however, there is a long list of forms and steps to complete in the process of getting workers’ compensation. In these cases, it is often beneficial to seek legal advocacy to help you not only meet deadlines and keep your documents organized but also guide you throughout the process of recovering the compensation you deserve.
3. Seek assistance
While recovering, it may be overwhelming to think about claiming your compensation when you are dealing with physical pain and emotional stress. It can help to seek support from your loved ones. They might be able to help you with a wide range of things, including:
- Daily chores around the house
- Collecting important information about your injury and rights
- Obtaining legal assistance to file for compensation
Filing for workers’ compensation can be a complex process. Getting personal and legal support can make all the difference as you heal.