Four steps to take after a work injury

Sustaining an injury at work can be an uncertain time in someone's life. Many questions emerge related to recovery and the ability to provide for the family. Although injured individuals may have an unclear path ahead, there are steps to take that can help improve chances of recovery and compensation.

Here are four steps to take after an injury:

1. Do not post issues on social media

Social media is a ubiquitous element of life today. It is often the first place people turn to for life updates and to stay in touch with friends. Although posting on social media can be a way to draw sympathy and crowd source for information, it can also doom a case for compensation from an insurance company or wrongful party.

When determining a payment, insurance companies may look to social media for information about the circumstances both before and after the case. If negligent or potentially criminal actions of the injured party contributed to the accident, it could limit coverage.

2. Seek medical attention

Seeing a doctor for an injury, even if it is minor, can help establish credibility for the case. He or she will be the first resource for recovery options. Even if you are without insurance, medical bills can be recovered through insurance or personal injury litigation.

Even if you do not plan to take your case to court, it is in your best interest to see a doctor. The symptoms of a head, neck or spine injury sustained in a car accident can be difficult to detect. What feels like a headache or normal aches and pains could be something more, but you won't know until you see a doctor.

3. Notify your insurance company and employer, but do not sign anything

Insurance companies and your employer need to be informed of an accident so they can start their process. You should tell them about the accident and share an accident report, but do not sign any paperwork from the insurance company.

Your insurance company and employer are still worried about their bottom line and may give you less money than you need for recovery.

4. Speak to an attorney

An attorney can help you sort out matters with the insurance company and your employer after the accident to maximize your right to compensation. After seeking medical attention and notifying your insurance company, a workers' compensation attorney can help you find a clear path to recovery after an accident.

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