If you’re injured on the job, one of the first things you should do is report the incident to your employer. This allows you to make it 100 percent clear that you were injured at work, which goes a long way in helping you obtain workers’ compensation benefits.

Along with reporting your injury, here are some other things you need to do:

  • Obtain medical treatment. Without this, there’s no way to prove that you’re actually injured. So, don’t hesitate to seek treatment, even if you believe you only have a minor injury.
  • Update your employer. For example, if your doctor suggests that you take time away from work to recover, you should communicate this to your employer. It’s better to stay in touch than to simply skip work and hope they figure things out.
  • File a workers’ compensation claim. If you’re unable to work, you can’t earn money for you and your family. And for that reason, you’re sure to have concerns about your financial circumstances. Thanks to the workers’ compensation system, you may seek financial compensation for your injuries and other damages. This can help keep you financially stable until you can return to work.

An on the job injury is serious, so you should treat it as such. It’s always better to take more caution than to assume that you can fight through the pain and treat yourself at home.

If your workers’ compensation claim is denied, you will need to find out why in order to initiate the appeals process. Don’t stop until you obtain all the compensation that’s rightfully owed to you.