A recent study in Michigan revealed that federal job-injury records may miss up to 60% of actual on the job injuries. This is due to the fact that records do not reflect injuries of government workers, injuries of the self-employed and because many employers may be hesitant to report on-the-job injuries.
Louisianaworks.net offers a list of Key Steps in Workers’ Compensation for Injured Workers. This is a great resource of information for anyone who has ever wondered, “What do I do if I am injured on the job?”
The first, and most important, thing to remember is to immediately report to your supervisor when you are injured on the job or think you may have become ill due to something work-related. I is also important to seek medical attention immediately and keep your supervisor updated on your condition.
Other things to know:
Your employer will report the injury or illness to their insurance company (or internal claims office if self-insured) and to the Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration (OWCA).
You will be able to select a doctor of your choice. However, your employer may arrange an examination by another doctor which you must attend. Your medical costs will be paid.
Read all the key workers’ compensation steps.