Suffering an injury at work can be highly disruptive. While some injuries can be treated with first aid and a day or two of rest, other injuries can derail your career, health, and family.
Unfortunately, some workers make some mistakes after a work-related accident that only makes their situation more complicated.
Mistake #1: Failing to report the accident
Too often, workers shrug off an accident. They think that it doesn’t matter and that their employer does not need to know. However, notifying your employer about an incident is critical if you pursue workers’ compensation benefits.
More specifically, you must report an accident within 30 days, or your claim can be denied.
It is also important to note that state and federal laws protect workers from retaliation for seeking workers’ compensation, so do not let the fear of losing your job stop you from making a report.
Mistake #2: Putting off a doctor’s visit
Even if your injuries seem minor, it can still be crucial to seek medical attention as soon as possible after a work accident. Doing so accomplishes a couple of things.
First, it creates a record of when your injuries occurred, which can be essential if you ultimately pursue legal action.
Seeing a doctor right away also allows them to spot problems early and prevent injuries from getting worse. When you put off going to the doctor, your condition can decline, and you can wind up suffering far more than you need to.
Mistake #3: Not asking for help
Some workers don’t ask for help after an accident because they don’t think they need it or don’t feel comfortable asking for it. However, asking for and receiving support in this situation can make all the difference in your recovery.
You can get help from an attorney to assess your options to pursue compensation to cover expenses like medical bills.
You can reach out to loved ones who can help you with things like making dinner, getting to a doctor’s appointment or simply keeping your spirits up.
You might ask your employer for accommodations, from an adjusted schedule to a chair with ergonomic support.
Recovering from a work accident can be difficult. However, you can make your recovery much easier by avoiding these missteps.