When you’re injured at work, it could change your entire life. You may experience work-related injuries that leave you in chronic pain or with a disability. Even if a full recovery is possible for you, it is going to take time. There are going to be medical bills. You are going to need time off from work. That time may be extensive. Lost wages are typical. You need to know what you can do to make it through this difficult period in your life.
Inform Your Employer Immediately
The first step will be to ask for help while you are at work and have been injured. This may involve first aid that takes place immediately. Emergency services may be necessary. As soon as possible, you will need to take the next step. You should have a process in place for reporting an injury at work. See your boss or your human resources representative as soon as possible in order have documentation of your injury. Keep copies of all paperwork for yourself so that you will have proof of what happened at work. You will have a paper trail.
Learn About Workers’ Compensation
If you are going to be home for a prolonged period while you are dealing with your work-related injury, Workers’ Compensation will provide you with a source of income that is a set percentage of your regular wages. You may need legal representation to assist you in navigating the process to be sure you get the compensation you deserve. If your injury was due to the fault of your employer, a co-worker, or negligence, you may be able to file a lawsuit in order to receive a settlement for certain work-related injuries.
Concentrate On Your Health
No matter what happened to cause a work-related injury, you need to focus on your well-being. Work with our team at Plymouth Bay Orthopedic Associates so that you can recover to the best of your ability. Your ultimate goal will be to take back your life. If possible, you will be back on the job ASAP. If going back to work isn’t possible, you will find ways to have the best quality of life possible after a debilitating injury.