After you get injured at work, you may want to obtain workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits can help you recover by providing compensation for medical care, rehabilitation, lost wages and more.
Part of submitting a successful workers’ compensation claim involves providing enough documentation. Following the workplace accident, there are steps you should take to ensure you properly document your injury.
Seek medical attention
In 2021, workplace accidents resulted in 4.26 million medically-treated injuries, according to the National Safety Council. The first step when a workplace injury happens is to seek immediate medical attention. Prompt medical care is essential not only for your well-being but also to establish the connection between the injury and the workplace.
Notify your supervisor
Inform your supervisor or manager about the injury as soon as possible. Report the incident promptly, even if the injury seems minor at first. This not only adheres to workplace policies but also initiates the process of documenting the injury.
Gather witness statements
If there were any witnesses to the injury, gather statements from them. These statements can provide additional evidence and support your claim for workers’ compensation. Make sure to include the witness’s name, contact information and a detailed account of what he or she observed.
Document the scene and the injury by taking photographs. Make sure the photographs are clear and properly labeled with relevant details.
Gather medical records
Keep records of all medical evaluations, treatments and doctor’s notes related to the injury. This includes any diagnoses, prescriptions and recommendations for further medical care.
Communicate with your employer
Stay in communication with your employer about the injury and your progress. This ensures that he or she is aware of your situation and can provide necessary support and accommodations.
Even if you are diligent about documenting your injury following a workplace injury, this does not always mean your workers’ compensation claim will receive approval. Contact your Workers’ Compensation Specialist for a free, no-obligation consultation to learn how we can help you. Call 610-892-9300 or reach us online.