I was hurt on the job. What do I do now?
When you wake up in the morning to head to work, the last thing you think about is whether or not you are going to make it through the day without being injured in an accident on the job.
But what if it happened? What if one minute you are working hard, and the next minute you don’t know what hit you after a beam falls from the ceiling, causing a serious head injury. Or you slip and fall on a substance that had spilled on the floor?
The absolute worst thing you can do after a North Carolina work accident is nothing. There are important steps that you must take after the accident to ensure that you can be properly compensated for the injuries, and that your job is secured.
The most important step to take after the accident is to seek immediate treatment.
We understand that in these tough economic times it might be tempting to ignore the injury in fear of losing your job. But you must realize that under North Carolina law, you cannot lose your job if you are injured at work – regardless of who is at fault for the accident.
Seek treatment at your local hospital or family physician, and make sure to ask the attending doctor for any special documentation needed since it is a work-related accident. If the physician determines that you cannot return to work, make sure to get an off-work slip, and make an extra copy for yourself and your employer.
Also, for more information on what to do if you are hurt on the job in North Carolina, request your free copy of Attorney Joseph Miller’s books, The 9 Biggest Myths About North Carolina Workplace Injuries, or The North Workers Compensation Guide to Settlements.