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7 Immediate Steps to Take Following a Workplace Injury

Things can get confusing after any injury, especially one in the workplace. Worrying about your health and money is enough to stress anyone out. To help you through the process, here are the seven steps to take immediately following your accident:

Get First Aid Treatment

If you need immediate medical assistance, get it. Making sure you are okay and that your injury will not get any worse is absolutely crucial. Get first aid, call an ambulance, whatever it takes to stabilize your condition and help you stay safe.

Report the Injury Immediately

Once you are able, report your injury in writing to your supervisor or human resources department, and to your union representative (if applicable). No matter how inconsequential the injury may seem, you need to report it. A twisted knee can turn into muscle soreness and joint stiffness that keep you from doing your job. In order to prevent your employer from claiming your injury came from outside work, it is important to report everything.

Another reason to report injuries right after they happen is the statute of limitations for workers’ compensation. In Georgia, the statute of limitations is one year after the injury occurs. If you don’t report or file a claim on an injury that turns into a larger medical problem over a year later, you will not qualify for workers’ compensation.

Call Legal Representation

Get help with the process; call a legal team that has experience with workers’ compensation claims, such as Jenkins Utley, P.C. Never be persuaded or intimidated out of filing a claim for a workplace injury. You deserve compensation for your pain.

File All Workers’ Comp Forms

Ask your employer for any and all forms you need to fill out to receive workers’ compensation. Make sure you have all documentation necessary, as well. Your legal team can help with the accuracy and filing of these forms, making sure everything is done to improve your chances of receiving compensation.

Medical Consultation

If you haven’t already, seek medical help or consultation, even if your injury seems small. Being evaluated by a medical professional will speed up your recovery process and help to reduce the risk of more problems developing down the line.

Keep an Injury Journal

Keeping a record of how your injury impacts your life and develops over time can help support your side of the story if your employer decides to fight your claim.

Get Better

Focus on recovering; we’ll do the fighting for you. Call the expert legal team at Jenkins Utley, P.C. to help you through this process. Fill out our online contact form, or give us a call at (404) 334-3013 for a free case consultation.