Most Pennsylvania employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. If you are injured at work, you may be eligible to receive a financial award to help pay for medical bills and lost wages. Let’s take a closer look at the process that you’ll likely need to follow immediately after a workplace accident.
Seek treatment immediately
It is generally in your best interest to seek treatment immediately after the accident regardless of how you feel. In some cases, symptoms of serious work injuries won’t present themselves for hours, days or weeks after the accident occurs. At that point, it may be too late to prove that a workplace incident was the proximate cause of a broken bone, bruised kidney or concussion.
Do you need to seek treatment from a company doctor?
In most cases, you can visit your own doctor in the immediate aftermath of an accident. However, it may be necessary to see a physician affiliated with your employer at some point after filing a workers’ compensation claim. Your attorney may be able to provide more information about what your rights and obligations are during the claim process.
Keep a detailed record of your symptoms
It’s generally a good idea to keep an injury journal in the days, weeks and months after you are hurt on the job. This may be used as further proof that your back pain, stiff neck or changes in personality are the results of something that happened while performing services for your employer.
A workplace accident may result in injuries that take weeks, months or years to recover from. In some cases, you will never be able to return to work, finish a degree program or take part in activities that you enjoyed prior to getting hurt. An attorney may be able to help you obtain the compensation that you are entitled to.