A work injury can be traumatic; in the midst of the incident, it is hard to focus on what you need to do next, especially if you’re suffering from a more serious injury. Unfortunately, many individuals forget to think about the right steps they should take immediately after a job injury, but that’s where we come in! Here are the proper steps to take in the event you are injured on the job:
- Obtain any necessary first aid or medical attention as soon as possible. Your health and well-being comes first. After you have received any immediate medical treatment, you can report the accident.
- Report the injury to a supervisor immediately. You have up to 30 days to notify them, in writing, about the injury and the nature of how it occurred. If you do not do so within 30 days, you may lose your rights to compensation benefits. Failing to report an accident can result in your employer denying you work benefits or covered medical benefits. Even if your injury does not seem serious at the time, it is important to report it anyway in the event that you feel adverse effects of the injury later.
- Complete a claim for workers’ compensation. Call IFWAA at 866-430-3461, to start a claims process after you have reported your injury. Your claim should be filed within 2 years from when the injury occurred. If it is submitted any later, you may lose your entitlement to benefits.
After you have filed your claim, focus on recovering and getting better! When you’re ready to go back to work, let your supervisor know. IFWAA can also help you return to work as well as identify what post-injury benefits, such as wage loss benefits, are available to you.