Have you sustained an injury at work?
As much as that question sounds like the opening line for an attorney’s commercial, there are essential steps to take if you’ve been injured on the job.
The following five steps will help you get back into the swing.
1. Keep Detailed Records
After sustaining a workplace injury or illness, keeping detailed records is crucial. In addition, you’ll need documentation if you have to defend against any disputes or denials from your insurance company.
Be sure to get contact information for potential witnesses. And hold on to any claim forms, doctors’ reports, or accident reports. Also, keep any correspondence you have with your employer or the insurance company and any workers’ comp forms you filed.
You may also want to keep a pain journal to document how pain impacts our ability to function. While workers’ compensation claims don’t cover pain, it could be helpful if there are insurance company disputes or a third-party claim is involved.
2. Know Your Rights
Workers compensation laws vary from state to state. But regardless of where you live, they’re designed to protect you. For example, you could be eligible for paid medical care from your employer after suffering an injury at work – or becoming ill due to an unhealthy workplace.
And depending on the extent of your injury, you may also qualify for temporary or permanent disability and supplemental job displacement benefits. Just be sure to notify your employer immediately after your accident or discover your job-related illness. State law requires victims to tell their employers within a specific time frame to qualify for this help.
3. Come to Terms With Your Injury
Any injury or illness is going to alter your life to some degree. Even if it’s temporary, believing you’ll never get better is easy. And while on the practical level, you’ll have to deal with the above two steps, getting your life back on track also requires attention to your mental and emotional health.
Positive thinking is lovely, in theory. But allow yourself some time to mourn your injury. Feel the sadness, anger, and even rage. Express them. And then, move forward and make the most of your limitations.
4. Nurture Yourself
Once you’ve moved past the grieving, you’ll want to focus on your body, mind, and spirit. This focus is vital for getting the optimum from your recovery.
Pass on the junk food and start feeding your healthy body food. Discuss with your doctor good exercise regimes – such as walking, swimming, or Pilates – that will keep your body moving and endorphins flowing. And consider reconnecting with a hobby or finding a new one.
5. Avoid Stress
The fact is, Stress can exacerbate the adverse effects of your illness or injury. Keep Stress from taking over by establishing a regular spiritual practice such as yoga, meditation, or prayer. Simple breathing techniques can also go the distance in relieving Stress.
Getting Back on Track After an Injury At Work
Keep the above five steps in mind to handle an injury at work. If you can follow them, you’ll be back on track in no time.
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