The National Safety Council has found that a worker is injured on the job once every seven seconds. If you have been injured at work, you must take the right steps to be compensated for your injuries.
1. Determine What Type of Claim To File
In most cases of workplace injury, the employer will be responsible for the worker’s medical bills, lost income and future disability under worker’s compensation laws; however, if someone other than the employer, such as a contractor or equipment manufacturer, is found to be liable for the employee’s injury, the employee may need to file third-party insurance claims Oregon. If your injury resulted from the negligence of a third party, it may be wise to consult with an attorney who can advise you about third-party claims.
2. Immediately Report the Injury
One of the first things you should do when you are injured on the job is to report the injury to your supervisor. Some states have a short statute of limitations that may run out if you delay reporting for too long. It is best to make your report in writing so that you have documentation in case a dispute arises. Some workers may be reluctant to report injuries because they fear punishment, particularly if the injury was the result of a workplace rule violation; however, failing to report an injury can cost you your job in many workplaces.
3. Seek Medical Attention
The longer you wait to seek medical attention, the harder it will be to prove that your injuries resulted from your workplace injury. If you try to work through the pain and then go see a doctor a week later, it becomes much easier for your employer or their insurance company to claim that you injured yourself somewhere other than at work.
Workplace injures are very common. Taking the correct actions after an injury can play a vital role in ensuring you receive compensation.