A workplace accident can ruin your day or, worse still, turn your life upside down. If you are hurt while at work, you may be entitled to compensation through Arizona’s workers’ compensation program.
However, what you do following the workplace accident can impact the outcome of your claim. Here are two important steps you need to take as soon as you can after a workplace injury.
Workplace injuries vary depending on the nature of the accident that caused them. While some injuries, like cuts and broken bones are apparent, others like internal injuries are never visible to the naked eye. As a result, it is not uncommon for some people to toughen out some injuries. However, this can be problematic in two ways.
Firstly, those hidden injuries may escalate into something more serious. And this can prolong the healing process or result in a fatality. And, secondly, you will not have a doctor’s report that directly links your injuries to the supposed workplace accident. And without evidence, you will have a difficult time litigating your case.
Report the accident and file a claim
Once you have received emergency care and are out of danger, you need to let your employer know about your injuries. It is important that you report your injury in writing as soon as possible.
Alongside reporting your injury, it is equally important that you file your workers’ compensation claim within the statute of limitations period. In Arizona, the statute of limitations for workers’ comp claims is one year from the date of the injury or discovery of the work-related illness.
Workplace accidents happen when they are least expected. Find out how you can safeguard your rights and interests while pursuing a work-related injury.