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What to do after a workplace injury

On Behalf of | Aug 29, 2022 | Workers' Compensation |

If you are injured while performing tasks for your North Carolina employer, you may be entitled to compensation. This may be true even if you were partially or fully responsible for causing the accident that led to a broken bone or concussion. Regardless of how you were hurt, it’s important to know the procedures that you need to follow after a workplace accident.

Seek treatment

Even if your injuries are minor, it’s generally best to seek treatment before reporting them to your employer. If you have minor injuries, treatment may entail little more than putting a bandage on a cut before filling out an injury report. However, if you are experiencing extreme symptoms such as nausea, vomiting or blurred vision, it’s generally best to visit the emergency room immediately.

Fill out an accident report

The accident report will generally ask you to provide information such as the time, date and location of your accident. It will also ask you to provide a statement as to what you were doing when it occurred to determine if impairment or horseplay played a role in causing it to occur. You will also likely need to indicate if you have sought treatment or plan to do so in the future. After an initial report is filed, you can complete the process of filing a workers’ compensation claim. The contents of this report, your medical records and other evidence will be used when making a decision to approve or deny your claim.

If you are hurt at work, it’s important to take action such as reporting the accident in a timely manner. Failing to seek medical treatment may make it easier to deny a claim while also exacerbating the impact of a concussion, broken bone or another type of injury.