3 Things To Do If You Have Been Injured At Work
Getting a scratch or a bruise at work generally isn't a huge issue and you don't really need to do much. However, when some kind of serious injury happens, then there are all kinds of things that you have to do. So, what do you need to do if you get severely injured while you are at work?
One thing that you are going to need to do is to alert your manager or supervisor that something has happened. Depending on what has happened, you might not be able to do it yourself, but someone should get someone up the chain. They need to know so that they can start any paperwork on their side. The manager or supervisor may also stay with you while you are waiting to get medical help, or appoint someone else to be with you. There are several reasons for that. One, is that having someone with you will make sure that you are getting help. Another is that you may need first aid help while you are waiting.
Another thing that needs to be done is to call emergency medical services. Depending on where you work, you may have first responders on staff who can come and help with basic first aide until the first responders get there or if the injury doesn't require EMTs.
Your employer may require anyone who gets injured to undergo mandatory drug testing. That will check if you were under the influence of any mind-altering substance, like illegal drugs or alcohol. If you go to the hospital, then they will probably have it done while you are there. It would be the most convenient way for everyone involved in the situation. If you don't have to go to the hospital, then your employer will likely have you taken to a doctor's office as soon as possible so that they can get either a blood or urine test. One reason that your employer will have you do this is because if you are under the influence, then they can say that it is your fault that you were injured at work, thus negating any liability they may have.
If you have been injured at work, and you have done everything the way that you should, you may still not get the worker's compensation that you may be entitled to. Contacting a workers compensation attorney to help you with your claim can help you get your money.