You didn’t ask to get hurt on the job, but you did. Now you’ve got to deal with it, and you’ve got to do it right because significant rights are at stake. And you’ve got a deadline. Miss it, and those rights are gone forever.
So who do you tell when you get hurt at work? Ideally, you tell your supervisor or manager at the job site when it happens. If symptoms pop up when you’re off, tell them immediately when you report back.
- Don’t let anyone put you off. If you’re in pain, be a pain. Go up the chain of command until someone takes action for you. Talk to human resources or the owner. You need help before you get way worse.
- What should happen after I tell my employer I got hurt at work? Whoever you report it to should start the wheels turning to get you to the doctor. The workers’ compensation insurance company should be called to start your claim. A trip to the company doctor—paid for by the insurance company—should shortly follow. You might fill out some paperwork. Someone at work should complete the first report of injury form, which helps get your case started.
After you do this, congratulations! You’ve done all you can to start your case. But you can’t always count on your employer to do it right, and you sure can’t depend on the insurance company to do right by you. It’s a complicated system that can take advantage of you, which is why I wrote a FREE BOOK to help you navigate the choppy waters of South Carolina workers’ comp.
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