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What to do after a workplace accident

Maybe you’re a construction worker with concerns about suffering an injury in a fall from height. Or maybe you work in an office setting and realize that there are safety risks that could jeopardize your health and well-being.

While you do your best to protect against a workplace accident, there’s no guarantee of your safety. You could suffer an injury at any point in time, without warning.

The steps you take after a workplace accident are critical to your health, future well-being and financial circumstances. Here’s what you should do:

  • Stop: If you suffer any type of injury, major or minor, stop what you’re doing to assess the situation. Continuing to work with hope that the injury will go away is a mistake. You could actually make it worse.
  • Call for help: If you can’t transport yourself to a local urgent care center or hospital, call 911 for assistance. This may sound like overkill, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. The responding paramedics can begin to provide treatment the moment they arrive on the scene.
  • Report the incident and your injuries: Make it 100% clear to your supervisor and employer that you suffered your injuries in a workplace accident. Give them no reason to argue that you were injured outside of work. The sooner you can report the incident the better.
  • Follow the direction of your medical team: You seek medical care because you want to receive an accurate diagnosis, while also learning more about the most effective treatment plan. Don’t ignore the advice of your medical team. For example, if they tell you to take time off of work while you recover, don’t go against this advice. It’s for the best.


You have legal rights as someone with an on the job injury. For example, you may want to start by filing a workers’ compensation claim. This can help you obtain compensation until you’re able to return to work.

Also, consider if it makes sense to pursue a third party personal injury claim. Doing so can help maximize the compensation you receive for your injuries, lost wages and other damages.