What Should I Do if I Get Injured at Work?: A Step-by-Step Guide

In the last year that we have statistics for, 2018, there were 5,250 fatal work injuries, up 2% from the previous year. Work injuries can lead to death if left untreated. And, it’s crucial that you know which steps to take when you find yourself in a work accident.   

The most common workplace injuries include:

At Advanced Care Specialists, our physicians are skilled in treating a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. Many of our patients come to see us for workplace injuries. So, we’ve compiled this helpful guide with step-by-step instructions on what to do if you suffer a workplace injury. 

Step 1: Seek medical care if needed

Your health should be your top priority. If you need emergency care — which your employer is legally obligated to provide you with — then get it as soon as you can. 

Here are some signs that you may need emergency care following a work injury: 

Always remember that your health and well-being should be your top priority. So if you're seriously injured or have any question as to its severity, seek medical care right away.

Step 2: Report your injury

Even what may seem like a minor injury, such as a cut — which can progress into a serious infection — should be reported. Report your injury to your immediate supervisor as soon as possible. Remember, all injuries — big and small — should be reported. 

You’ll never know if a work injury will progress into a serious problem down the road. If you’re conscious and don’t need emergency medical care, you should also fill out an incident report.

Step 3: Go back to work only when you’re ready

While medical care is important, following your aftercare instructions is just as important. Following your aftercare plan will ensure that you have the smoothest and most successful recovery. So be sure to follow all the instructions your doctor gives you. 

Also, be sure to take the time you need to recover. If you rush your recovery and return to work before you’re physically able to, you can prolong the healing process and cause long-term complications to your health. 

If you’ve been injured on the job, we’re here to help you every step of the way. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with Advanced Care Specialists today.

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