There are a variety of injuries which can happen at work. They range from small things, like minor cuts and bruises to more serious injuries, including broken bones and loss of limbs. While some injuries are one-time incidents, others result from years of exposure to specific work conditions. No matter the conditions of the injury, there are specific things you should not do after being injured on the job, especially if you plan to file a workers’ comp claim.
- Do not ignore the injury, hoping it will just go away. While you likely will not ignore a broken bone or other serious injury, it is easy to justify ignoring the pain in your shoulder, even as it keeps getting worse. Unfortunately, ignoring an injury could lead to a more serious injury. Instead, report it to your employer and have it checked by the appropriate medical personnel as soon as possible.
- Do not visit just any doctor. Generally, your employer will have a specific health care provider you are required to use if you want to claim workers’ compensation. Make sure you visit the appropriate medical provider.
- Do not ignore the doctor’s orders. Refusing to do as the doctor directs could seriously impact your workers’ compensation claim.
- Do not do anything that may cause someone to question the extent of your injury. This includes things such as doing heavy lifting or playing a game of football in the park with your friends.
- Do not try to handle your case on your own. To avoid having your workers’ comp denied and to make sure you get the most out of it, you should use the services of a qualified work accident attorney.