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What should you do when you get hurt at work?

On Behalf of | Jul 6, 2020 | Workers' Compensation, Workplace Accident

When you fell at work, you were embarrassed by it. You didn’t want to admit that you had gotten hurt, but when the pain kept getting worse, you knew you had to.

If you’re hurt at work in Wisconsin, you should know what your responsibilities are. As an injured worker, there are some steps you should take right away.

  1. To start with, you should let your employer know that you were injured if they don’t already know it. If you can’t let them know right away, let them know as soon as you can.
  2. After this, you should seek necessary and reasonable medical treatment. If you are potentially dangerous treatment options, however, you do have the right to refuse them and still seek coverage through workers’ compensation.
  3. Remember to let the doctors who are working with you know that this is a work-related injury. They will be able to help you with the correct forms and information needed for a workers’ compensation claim.
  4. You should know that the workers’ compensation insurance coverage your employer carries may require you to submit to examinations at reasonable times. This is to verify the injuries you are claiming and to confirm your claim.
  5. It is your responsibility to let the insurance provider know if you cannot work, if your income changes or if you are able to return to work.

It’s a good idea to talk to your employer as soon as you can following an injury so that you can begin the claims process. Your employer should willingly work with you on that, even if they disagree with the claim.

If your workers’ compensation claim is denied, you have a right to appeal. Our website has more on the steps to take if that happens.