First Steps After a Workplace Injury

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.

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