You’re working hard on a building site when suddenly your arm hurts very badly. You might have hurt yourself, but you don’t know what to do. It is important to know what to do if you get hurt at work so that you can protect your rights and get the medical care you need.
Hence, In this blog post, we’ll talk about what NOT to do if you hurt yourself at work. It is important to talk about because many people make mistakes after an accident that cause more damage. Let’s get started!
What not to do if you get hurt at work?
People do a lot of things that hurt their case when they get hurt at work. Here are some of the most common things:
- Not reporting the workplace injury.
If you get hurt at work, you must tell your boss as soon as possible. It’s the law in most states, and if you don’t report the damage, it can hurt your workplace injury claim.
If you tell your boss about the injury as soon as possible, he or she can look into what happened and decide if any safety measures need to be taken. It also lets you start getting benefits from workers’ compensation right away. If you wait too long to report the injury, you might miss out on important benefits.
- Not getting the right medical care.
If you get hurt at work, you might want to tough it out instead of going to the doctor. It’s a mistake that can hurt your work injury claim in a big way. When you get hurt at work, it’s important to get medical help for a few reasons. First, your boss is likely to say that the injury wasn’t caused by the accident at work. If you don’t have any paperwork or proof of the damage, it will be much harder to show that the accident caused it.
Second, if you don’t go to the hospital, the insurance company could say that your injuries weren’t as bad as you say they were. Third, you will have to go through pain that isn’t necessary.
- Telling coworkers about the accident
If you get a workplace injury, one of the first things you might do is tell your coworkers. You might want to tell your boss as well. But you shouldn’t talk about the accident with anyone else, not even your family and friends. Why?
When you tell your coworkers about the accident, you open yourself up to being blamed in some way. Your coworkers may also tell insurance investigators things that aren’t true. It can hurt your case and make it harder for you to get the money you deserve.
- Not keeping track of missed work time.
If you get hurt at work, it is crucial to keep track of how much time you missed. This is because your boss might try to say that you could have gone back to work sooner. If you can show that you tried in good faith to go back to work after your workplace injury but couldn’t, you will have a better chance of getting workers’ compensation.
- Lying about your workplace injury
Most states have very strict laws against workers’ compensation fraud. It can mean telling a lie to your boss about how you got hurt or how bad it is, or getting workers’ compensation benefits while you are still working. If you get hurt at work, you must tell your boss the truth and file a claim for workers’ compensation. If you lie to your employer about how you got your workplace injury, it can hurt your claim and get you in trouble with the law.
- Lying to your lawyer.
If you get hurt on the job, your workers’ compensation lawyer will probably tell you not to lie about what happened. But some people still choose to lie. It can be a very bad idea. There are several ways in which telling a lie to your lawyer about your workers’ compensation claim can hurt your case.
First, if your lawyer finds out you lied, they may decide not to represent you anymore. It could leave you without a lawyer when the case goes to court. Second, if you lie to your lawyer and they find out, it could hurt your case a lot. Your insurance company has every right to turn down your claim. If you want to file a Workplace Injury Claim, you can learn more about the process here. If you make any of the above mistakes, you could lose your case or get a lower settlement. Visit our website at the Law Office of Hollingsworth & Hollingsworth A P.C or give us a call at (619) 374-9320 for more information. We would be happy to talk with you about your case and help you get the money you are owed.