Work injuries are often very serious and cause a major disruption to one’s life. It not only affects their own livelihood, but also plays a large role in the financial stability of their loved ones.
If a worker is injured and is forced to take time off of work, face lost wages, and pay numerous medical bills, they’re family faces the consequences along with them.
There are three important things for an injured worker to do following an accident at work. We go through these below, offering additional information that helps injured workers obtain compensation for their injuries.
Injured at Work: 3 Things to Do
- Report the injury to your employer & fill out a First Report of Injury Form
Immediately following an injury at work, you should report the incident to your employer. Ask them to fill out a written report ensuring that they document the date and time of the accident that caused you injury. You should also take note that they include any witnesses that were present at the time of the accident.
You also need to fill out a First Report of Injury form, or an FROI. Your employer is required to fill out the form, but if they fail to do so, your work injury attorney can help you take care of it. The FROI form is really important for your case because it is the only way for you to get a claim number with the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.
- Get the proper medical treatment
You do not have to go to your employer’s doctor when you seek medical treatment for your work injury. As long as a doctor is BWC certified they can treat you for your injuries. A lawyer will help you to determine whether your doctor is BWC certified, and if they aren’t, your lawyer will help you find a doctor who is.
- Contact a Work Injury Lawyer
Work injury accidents are very confusing and there are several forms and different “hoops” to jump through. It is highly advised to have a lawyer representing you so you can make sure that all of the proper forms are being filled out and filed, and you are taking all of the necessary steps to help you receive the deserved compensation from your work accident injury.
Work Injury Lawyer in Ohio
The lawyers at our office handle work injury cases and have helped many injured workers to receive the money that they need as a result of their injury. When we help an worker to get a settlement for their injuries, we are not only helping them, but oftentimes their family as financial stability is directly affected by these situations.
To speak to one of the lawyers at our office about an Ohio work injury, call 800.637.8170. You can also get more information about work injury claims by ordering our free legal book, The Ohio Work Injury Book.