What To Do If You're Hurt At Work
Step-By-Step Instructions From Bethlehem PA Lawyer
When you get hurt at work, knowing what to do next can be confusing. Your employer might tell you to do one thing, while your family or friends might give you different advice. And if you're reading this page now, you might have read all sorts of different advice on the Internet.
Fortunately, you have come to the right place. At Vellner Law, PC, our knowledgeable legal team has been handling complex workers' compensation claims in Lehigh Valley since 1991. That's why so many people trust to handle such an important legal matter on their behalf.
Below, you will find our advice on what you should do if you have been hurt at work. We also encourage you to contact our law firm and schedule a free consultation at our Bethlehem office. Every accident claim is unique. And so is our approach. We do what's best for you.
What You Should Do
- Get medical help - If you think you're injured or sick due to something that happened at work, have a doctor diagnose you as soon as possible. This serves two important purposes.
- You will find out right away if you have a life-threating medical condition.
- Your medical condition will be formally documented so there's no doubt later.
- Tell your employer - You have up to 120 days to notify your employer that you have been hurt at work. But don't wait that long. The sooner you tell them, the sooner you can start the workers' compensation process.
- Document your injury - Before or after you tell your employer you have a work-related medical condition, start compiling evidence to support your claim. This can include:
- Taking photographs of visible injuries
- Making copies of documents associated with your workplace injury or illness
- Creating a file to store such important documents in one place
- Keeping a journal documenting your medical condition. Include:
- If you're in pain
- Where it hurts
- When it hurts
- If you're having trouble sleeping
- If you cannot eat
- Every detail matters
- Contact our firm - Attorney Tony Vellner wants to meet with you and learn more about exactly what you're going through.