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How to report an injury at work and what to do next

Regardless of your industry and profession, you should always assume you could suffer an on-the-job injury at some point. With this assumption, you'll be prepared for anything that comes your way (even the worst of injuries).

If you are injured on the job, regardless of the circumstances, you need to report the injury to your employer. Taking this one step further, you should do so in writing if possible.

In a perfect situation, you would be able to report the accident and injury to your direct supervisor shortly after it occurs. However, depending on the timing and severity of the injury, this is not always possible.

Once you report the injury, don't forget that you need to receive immediate medical care. Neglecting to do so will make it more difficult to receive workers' compensation benefits in the future. If you don't receive medical assistance, your employer could argue that you did not suffer the injury on the job.

Also, keep in mind that you only have so long to file your claim. If you wait too long, you may lose your right to obtain benefits.

Reporting an injury at work is as simple as it sounds. You simply need to take action at the right time.

Once you receive treatment and understand the impact of your injury on your ability to work, you can consider your legal rights. If you won't be returning to work, take the time to learn more about the workers' compensation system and the steps you can take to receive benefits as quickly as possible.

Source: Workplace Fairness, "What To Do If You Are Injured At Work," accessed Nov. 14, 2017

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