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What to do After a Work Accident

• Keep proof of your employment, like a paystub, your employment agreement or other documents in case your employer later denies that you worked for them
• After the accident, if possible, gather the name and contact information of all witnesses and take photos of the accident scene and of your injuries
• Put your employer on notice of the accident the same day, in writing. Do not assume that they will just hear about it.
• Complete an incident report and keep a copy. Make sure to keep documentation of all interactions regarding your accident with all parties but do not give a recorded statement to the insurance company
• If the accident is serious, call 911 and take an ambulance to the hospital immediately. If it is not a medical emergency, Ask your employer for medical treatment and ask if they have a ‘panel of physicians’ where you can select your doctor from the list. It is helpful to ask an attorney for advice before selecting from the list unless you are already familiar with the doctors on the list. If your employer does not provide you with a list, you are able to go to any doctor of your choosing. It is important to have a qualified attorney to help you with this as soon as possible to choose a doctor to treat your injuries.

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