This is a health post by Ellie Jo.
According to a recent report from the National Safety Council, a worker is injured every seven seconds in the US – with many requiring medical attention as a result. While preventative measures are put in place in just about every industry to keep staff safe – it’s also important that you are aware of what to do should you get involved in an accident at work, especially if you are not at fault.
Seek medical help.
The first step towards moving forward after a workplace injury involves getting help and support from a medical professional – whether you are dealing with a concussion or have sprained your ankle. Remember, some injuries do not make themselves known until after the fact – so you should ideally get a check-up following an incident even if you feel relatively unscathed. Following this, you can look into natural ways to relieve pain at home to ensure that you feel like yourself again in no time.
File an accident report at work.
As mentioned previously, your workplace likely has a series of measures put in place that you must follow if you are involved in a workplace accident. In most cases, this means that you must file a report quickly after the accident so that the company has a record of what happened. Not only will this support you should you try to seek out workers’ compensation further down the line, but it also helps your workplace put new safety measures in place that will reduce the chances of these events occurring again in the future. If you are seeking compensation – you may also want to keep your own copy of the report alongside any doctor’s notes so that you have something to refer back to. In short, the more evidence you have of the accident occurring, the easier it will be for you to make a claim and receive the money you deserve. If you aren’t sure where to get started when making a claim, you may wish to reach out to a lawyer who can do the difficult work on your behalf.
Give yourself the time you need to recover.
While you may be keen to bounce back quickly after an injury, studies suggest that getting back on your feet before you are ready can actually make you feel worse in the long run. In fact, it can intensify the injury as opposed to encouraging it to heal. As a result, you must follow all medical advice and stay off work if necessary. If you require time off, check your contract to see how your company will approach sick pay. This way, you will not feel the financial burden associated with recovery, which will help you feel less stressed. However, it is also important that you focus on your health, happiness, and recovery during this time – as opposed to thinking about what you are missing at work. Your time off should be treated as time off – so turn off your work phone and give yourself a chance to catch up on your reading or the latest Netflix shows.