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Injured on the Job

If you have injured yourself on your job then take a few minutes to find out the right steps to proper recovery.

  • Get first aid

You wereprobably given instructions on what to do if you injure yourself at the beginning. The most important thing is that you stay calm, and hope that everything is going be ok. Obtain help from your coworkers, tell them the way you hurt yourself, and tell them where you feel the pain. If you are alone than obtain first aid or other medical treatment authorized by Workers Compensation Board. If the injury is not that bad and you are conscious, then it’s probable that you will be sent home on a vacation. First visit a doctor, and get diagnosis on your injury. You need to get written documents that you can show to your supervisors in case they asked for it. If diagnosis show bad results, that you need to ask for some time to get a medical treatment. If your boss doesn’t comply with it, than you need to get in touch with a lawyer that deals with personal injuries. Some even offer Free Consultation that can help you decide how to resolve the problem with your manager. They will review your case and protect your legal rights.

  • Know your rights

The cost of the medical treatment needs to be paid by your employer or his/her insurance carrier. You may be requested to sign form A-9, which is a claim that you will be responsible for the medical bills, if the Workers Board decides so, or you don’t ask for it. The Workers Compensation Board offers three types of benefits. The first one is when the employer choses to pay all your recovery costs, including medicament, travel expenses, and paid vacation, most likely every two weeks. Different states differ at the minimum and maximum of payment while you are injured. If that injury has consequences on your further company contribution, then the employer is responsible not to fire you. He can keep you on a different, easier position that doesn’t require a lot of physical effort. Also, if there is any long-lasting impairment, than you should be aware that the employer is obliged to support financially your further medical assessment. If the Compensation Board or the employer offers you any lower compensation than you expected, then contact your consultant again. The insurance agencies are nothing but a business. They try to maximize their profit, and as such they will offer the lowest possible treatment.

  • Recovery period

In order to achieve full speed recovery, strictly follow doctor’s instructions. Go back to work only if you feel able to, and you have the approval of your doctor that you can carry on normally.

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