Q What are the first things I should do if I get hurt on the job?
It’s wise of you to ask this question now, before you are faced with an on-the-job injury. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Protect your medical health! First and foremost, you must not do anything that will injure you further. Do not try to move if doing so causes intense pain. Do not try to return to work if you do not feel able to do so, even if your boss urges you to “shake off” your injury.
- Seek medical treatment immediately. You should try to see a doctor right away, even if this means that someone must call an ambulance to help you get to the hospital.
- Report the accident to your supervisor as soon as possible. Let your supervisor know exactly what happened and how you were injured.
- Fill out an accident report and get a copy. Fill out an accident report as accurately and as completely as possible. Sometimes a supervisor pressures an injured worker to underreport injuries or to forego reporting injuries altogether in order to preserve the company’s safety record. Do not be talked into skipping this step!
- Identify any witnesses. Get their names, phone numbers, and addresses.
- Start documenting your experience. Save any documents given to you by your employer, your doctors, or your employer’s workers’ compensation insurer. Keep any correspondence, including emails. Record the dates and subjects of any conversations held by telephone. Consider keeping a journal with information regarding your medical treatment schedule, medications, and overall health.
- Contact an attorney. An attorney will be able to assess the situation and determine whether you could be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. If so, your attorney can start the process to get you those benefits.
If you would like more information about Idaho workers’ compensation benefits, contact Alan L. Morton of Morton Law Offices, Chartered. You may reach Mr. Morton by calling 888-716-8021 or by filling out an online contact form on this website.