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Steps to take following a workplace accident

Your employer probably has a policy in place to follow after a workplace accident, and you should always do your part when possible in that procedure. That might include providing certain information to your employer during an investigation or filling paperwork out for a workers' compensation claim. Here are a few steps any worker should take following an injury in the workplace.

First, examine your injury and have it examined by the appropriate professionals. Depending on the type of accident and injury at play, you might be assessed by emergency responders. They might transport you to a local medical facility or release you with advice to see your personal doctor. If the accident doesn't warrant emergency responders, then you should probably still see a medical professional as soon as possible following the incident to ensure your injuries are properly documented and treatment begun.

Second, comply with the completion of any workplace and workers' compensation forms, but make sure you read and understand anything you sign. Refusing to complete paperwork can delay a claim for compensation, but signing paperwork you don't understand can diminish your options for compensation.

Finally, don't be afraid to seek third-party legal assistance for your claim. A professional can help you understand the claims process and all the paperwork you might be required to sign. He or she can also help you ensure you don't take an action that could result in a loss of claims payment or a delay in payment.

Make sure to stay in touch with the appropriate individuals in your workplace or through your compensation plan as you go through this process. Staying on top of record requirements can help alleviate trouble for your claim in the future.

Source: HNI, "Workplace Incident Report: 7 Immediate Steps to Take After an Injury," accessed Aug. 05, 2016

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