I Got Hurt on the Job: What Should I Do?

I Got Hurt on the Job: What Should I Do?

Employers have a responsibility to protect employees, which means compensation for injuries suffered in the workplace. 

If you get hurt on the job, regardless of who was at fault, you can file for workers' compensation. Depending on your employer, the protocol can vary, but the right doctor can help you navigate the process and get the benefits you and your family require. 

At CHOICE Pain & Rehabilitation Center, with multiple locations in Maryland, our team of board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists can diagnose, treat, and record facts related to injuries that may qualify you for a workers' compensation claim. 

What to do if you’re injured on the job

Getting injured is stressful enough without the fear of losing wages or employment. Luckily, you have protection. If you suffer an injury at work, you’re qualified for workers' compensation

This coverage doesn’t depend on who’s at fault for an accident, so you should file a report regardless of what happened. Your employer needs it on record, and you need to get proper medical attention. 

1. Notify someone in authority 

Assuming your injury doesn’t require an immediate visit to the emergency room, notify your manager or another person in authority. Explain what happened and tell them you plan to file for workers' compensation once you’ve visited the doctor. 

2. Seek out comprehensive diagnosis and treatment 

Any general practitioner can help heal an injury, so you can go to your preferred doctor for treatment. If you don’t have a GP or have concerns about your compensation case, you might want to seek out a clinic with experience in these matters. 

At CHOICE Pain & Rehabilitation Center, we’re familiar with the compensation and disability process and can help you get the information you need. Evidence to support your claim often involves a physical examination and X-rays, MRI scans, or other diagnostics. 

From there, the team can address your injury. Your treatment might include: 

3. File the proper paperwork with your employer

Once the team at CHOICE Pain has provided you with the necessary documentation for your claim, you can file it with your employer. Once processed, you should receive the needed benefits. Those often include paid leave and medical coverage. 

Benefits depend on the severity of your injury, not who was at fault. If you feel your injury resulted from neglect or oversight by your employer, you need to build a separate case. 

If your injury resulted from intoxication on your part, you won’t receive workers' compensation. Otherwise, your case should go smoothly. If it doesn’t, a workers' comp lawyer can help you fight for what you need. 

Recently suffered an injury at work? Learn more about workers' compensation and get the help you need by calling the location closest to you or requesting an appointment online today. 

Our Maryland offices are in Hyattsville, Gaithersburg, Lanham, Dundalk, Oxon Hill, Rosedale, and Olney, and we have two in Baltimore.

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