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I have been injured on the job, what should I do next?

Posted by Katie Phipps | Nov 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

  1. Report your accident to your supervisor or HR as soon as it occurs. If your accident is the result of repetitive motion, report it as soon as you have any reason to believe it was caused by your duties. Note: It is standard for the employer to ask you take a drug test when an accident occurs.
  2. Tell your employer all the places where you are experiencing pain.
  3. Request medical treatment if you need it. Even if you are not sure, it is important to get checked out.
  4. Go to the medical provider you are sent to by your employer.  
  5. Tell the medical provider all the places where you are experiencing pain.
  6. If you are written out of work or given work restrictions, be sure to communicate those to your employer.
  7. Go to all the medical appointments you are provided by the carrier.
  8. If your employer provides you work within your restrictions, you need to do it. If they cannot accommodate your restrictions, weekly benefits should start.
  9. Record and date any new medical problems that arise and inform your doctor.
  10. Consult an attorney for any questions you have. 

About the Author

Katie Phipps

For more than 17 years, Katie had a successful practice at two of South Carolina's largest workers' compensation defense firms. During that time, she realized her favorite part of the job was helping Pro Se claimants navigate the settlement process. As a lawyer for the insurance carrier, she ofte...


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