Make Sure You Do Everything You’re Supposed To When You Get Injured At Work
If you are injured at work, there are things that you are going to need to do in order to make sure that you get your workman's compensation and to help your case if you have to go to court to get the money that you may be entitled to. Making sure that you do all those things will help your case when it's time to make sure that you get what you need.
Alert Your Manager/HR
The first thing you need to do is to make sure that the higher-ups know that you have been hurt. Generally, your company's human resource department is going to be the department who will handle the claim, so you will need to make sure that they know about the injury. You can probably tell them after you have been treated, especially if your injury is pretty bad, but your immediate supervisor will probably let them know as well. Your immediate supervisor should be alerted as soon as possible. Some companies require the supervisors to be the ones who contact emergency services and they may need to go with you to the hospital in order to make sure that any necessary drug testing is done and to find out what the diagnosis of your injury is, what the prognosis is, and what treatments you are going to need to have done.
Another thing you are going to need to do is to make sure that you go to any and all medical follow-ups. You don't want for the higher-ups at your company to say that you aren't doing what the doctors say you should be doing. You will want to remember that your doctor can't tell your employers what your medical records say unless you sign a release for them to get your medical records. If the company requires you to go see a doctor of their choosing, and if you do that, you may be required to sign releases so that they can have those records. That means that you are definitely going need to make sure that you do everything that doctor tells you to. Keep in mind, the real reason to do what the doctors tell you to do and go to all follow-up appointments is that you want to treat your injury and make sure you get better.
If you do everything you are supposed to do and you are still having problems getting the money that you may be entitled to because of your injury, you will want to talk to a personal injury lawyer to help you with your case.