You Were Injured at Work. Is Your Employer Taking the Right Steps?

An injury in the workplace can prohibit you from not only performing your job, but can also hinder your ability to perform everyday tasks. You may be out of work for an extended period of time, which can cause financial strain and other issues. By following these proper steps and ensuring your employer follows the necessary steps, you can receive the proper compensation for your workplace injury.

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Report the injury

The most important way to ensure you receive proper compensation is to report your injury immediately to your employer, regardless of severity or need for immediate medical attention. It is important to report the injury in a timely fashion, as the state of North Dakota requires the injury be reported within seven days. Employers can deny you medical treatment and benefits if the injury is not reported.

File a claim                                        

The next step is to file a claim with North Dakota Workforce Safety & Insurance within 24 hours of the occurrence. This can be done online, by hand, or by telephone. Try to complete the First Report of Injury form with your employer and make sure your employer fills out their portion of the form.

Conduct an investigation

While the incident is still fresh in people’s minds, your employer should follow up with them to get a description of the accident, the reasons behind the incident, and determine what can be done to prevent an incident like that from happening again.

Know your rights

If you feel your employer may not be taking the necessary actions after you have been injured on the job, contact the experienced lawyers at O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss Attorneys. Their expertise in workplace and workers compensation will ensure you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

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