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Know what steps to take after being injured in a work accident

On Behalf of | Jul 17, 2023 | Workplace Accidents, Workplace Injuries

Work accidents are unfortunately common in California. They can happen regardless of the type of job a person is doing whether it is one in which there is significant exertion or sedentary work. A common denominator people need to understand is what they should do following an injury.

Steps to take after a work injury

Whether it is a serious work injury or a moderate one, there are basics workers should know. First, it is imperative to get medical attention. The medical professionals will tell the injured worker what to do to help with their recovery. They might give a rehabilitation protocol and provide other strategies.

The employer needs to be kept up to date about every aspect of the incident. That includes when and how the injury happened, what the doctors say and if there is a timeline as to when they can get back to work.

Workers might feel a sense of urgency to return to the job. This, however, could make the situation worse, especially in the context of seeking workers’ compensation benefits. There are terms to be aware of such as Maximum Medical Improvement as this could be a key factor in how long a person will receive benefits for time off the job due to workplace injuries.

Be prepared for the aftermath

Some of these tips might seem obvious, but it is easy to be unsure after a work accident. Many are reluctant because they do not want to miss time on the job, they are fearful about how their employer will react or they are worried about who will pay for care and lost wages. To receive workers’ compensation and make a full recovery in every way, knowing what to do is essential.