Getting injured at work is an inherent risk for people in dangerous professions. A
workplace injury can be a financial burden for the worker and the company. Often, insurance
adjustors will try to dispute the claim, leaving an injured worker to
fend for himself. Here are important first steps to take when you're
injured on the job:
Report the injury immediately
Often, a fall or slip won't seem like a big deal and workers may not
report it right away. There's no heroism in being stuck with a lost
claim because you failed to report it. Waking up the next morning and
realizing that you're more hurt than you realized is a bad way to
start the day.
Report the incident immediately and begin your own documentation stating
the date and time the incident occurred, names and phone numbers of witnesses
and other relevant details (hazardous conditions, etc).
Get Medical Attention
Even if you think you're OK, you're not psychic and if the company
refers you for medical treatment it's important to follow through.
Sometimes you're obligated to use their caregivers. If you don't
feel that you're being cared for properly, visit your own doctor as well.
Consult an Attorney
We specialize in oil field, construction and mining accidents. It's
important to know your rights and responsibilities as a patient and as
an injured employee. Montana's worker's compensation laws are
set up to benefit the company, not the worker so it's important to
understand how that impacts you.
Contact us to learn more about how these laws affect you and your claim.