If you sustain an injury while you are working, it can be difficult to know what to do. Some people ignore their injuries and proceed with their day, only to find the injury worsens and becomes a significant issue. You should never ignore a potential job-related injury and, in fact, you should report one to your employer as soon as possible.
If you feel pain after a workplace accident, you should immediately tell your supervisor what happened. Reporting the accident and your symptoms as soon as possible can help to document that your injuries occurred while on the job. This can help with a subsequent workers’ compensation claim. When you report the accident, you should also inform that you need medical attention for your injury, and then, you should head to the emergency room, urgent care, or physician’s office right away.
In some cases, it is simply not possible to take the time to talk to your supervisor after a workplace injury. If you sustained a severe or life-threatening injury, you likely should not be moved until emergency medical personnel arrive to transport you to the hospital. While you are in the ambulance, the last thing you are likely thinking about is a conversation with your supervisor.
In addition, if you are working away from the company’s headquarters, you might not have a chance to report the accident before you get medical help. For instance, if you are a commercial truck driver and you are injured in a crash, you might be in a completely different state from your supervisor. In this situation, get the help you need and report the accident as soon as you can afterward. Always remember that in California, you have only 30 days to report your accident if you plan to file a workers’ compensation claim.
After you report your accident and start treatment, you should not hesitate to consult with a Los Angeles workers’ compensation attorney at Rostam Law. Call 888.416.5006 or contact us online today.