Dos and Don’ts of Work Injuries

Did you know there are approximately 3 million work-related injuries reported every year in the United States? And benefit payments for these injuries total nearly $62 billion annually. Unfortunately, it can sometimes be hard to avoid injuries on the job, especially if you work in a field that requires manual labor and working around heavy machinery.

If you do get injured, however, your employer is liable to pay for your medical care, including lost wages. At Advanced Care Specialists in Racine and Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, we’re here to cover all of your health care needs. But, we also specialize in treating work injuries and in compiling paperwork that you can use in court if needed.

Because it can be easy to make a mistake or forget a crucial step in filing a workers’ compensation claim, we’ve compiled this helpful list of dos and don’ts. 

Things you should do

Communicate with your employer right away

If you get injured at work, report the injury to your manager or supervisor right away. Most companies have protocols in place that require you to report an injury to your company within 24 hours. Otherwise, your employer may be legally able to deny your claim. 

Employers require timely reporting so they can make sure you were actually injured on the job. If you need medical help, always get that first. But make sure to report your injury to your employer as soon as possible afterward.

Keep a detailed record

Save all communications between you and your employer regarding your injury. Your attorney will likely want all of this information for your case. And be sure to keep all receipts for your medical care as well, including bills for treatment, medications, and medical supplies.

Things you shouldn’t do

Don’t wait to see a doctor

With a lot of injuries, symptoms may not appear right away. For example, you can sustain a head injury and not even show symptoms of a concussion for a few days. Not getting treatment for an injury can lead to problems later if it’s not diagnosed early and treated.

Additionally, your employer may be able to deny your claim if you don’t see a doctor soon after your injury. So, for the best chance of winning your case, be sure to see us as soon as you can.  

Talking to your insurance company

Your health insurance company will likely try to get a recorded statement from you regarding your injury. Unfortunately, anything you say in this recording may be used against you to deny your claim. So, if you do not know the answer or feel hesitant to answer, state that you are “unsure,” instead of answering the question. 

If you’ve been injured on the job, we can help you get well and make sure you get everything you need to file a workers’ compensation claim. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with Advanced Care Specialists today.

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