Workplace injuries are common. They are so common, in fact, that a system exists to help make sure that employees can get back on their feet and back to work without worrying about losing their jobs or paying medical bills. If you are injured on the job site, it is always important to follow the steps below.
If you are injured on the job, your first duty is to let the site manager know about the injury. No matter how you feel about your management, the reality is that they must know when one of their employees has been injured. This can aid you in getting the help that you need in a timely manner, and also give the business notice that you have actually been injured.
At this juncture, it is important to visit the doctor listed on your workers compensation plan. This individual will give you an examination of your injuries and generally prescribe a course of treatment. You will then likely be required to fill out a number of forms, some of which exist only to waive the company's liability. Always remember that you should hold off on filing these forms until you understand what is contained within.
After you deal with the company doctor, you are free to get a second opinion. Most doctors assigned by a company will do their very best to make sure that you get the best possible care, but it is always necessary to make sure that your doctor's diagnosis was not made simply to keep the company out of trouble. If you get a different diagnosis from a private physician, it is important to make sure that you inform the company.
No matter what happens, it is always wise to consult an attorney. He or she can help you learn more about the documents that you sign and help represent you if the company does not abide by the rules of workers compensation. An attorney can be a great ally in these trying situations, but it is up to you to make contact.