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5 July 2019

What You Shouldn’t Ignore If You’re Injured At Work

The workplace should be somewhere that you feel safe, but accidents and injuries frequently occur even in office environments. Sometimes these are freak accidents which are unavoidable but often it is an injury that could have been avoided with a little care and effort on your em-ployer’s side. Injuries at work should never be ignored as this is not somewhere that you should get an injury and it is important to take action so that you get the medical attention that you need, that nobody else suffers an injury and that steps are taken to increase safety. Here are a few things which you should not ignore if you are injured at work.

Minor Injuries
Many workers will brush off seemingly minor injuries and get on with the task at hand because it does not require immediate attention, and they can still carry out their job. You should never work while injured and always get checked over by a medical professional as seemingly small injuries could get worse and cause a host of serious health issues. Additionally, it may be a mi-nor injury this time but could be different if it were to happen again.

Non-Impact Injuries
Similarly, there are many injuries which are ignored at work which should not be. A lot of atten-tion is given to an impact injury, such as a slip, trip, or fall, but you should not ignore other types of injury. If you suffer from RSI, a bad back, eye strain, or any other non-impact injury, then you need to take action. These can get worse with time and stop you from being able to perform your role effectively, and they can usually be avoided with regular breaks, proper train-ing, and ergonomic equipment.

Failure To Record An Accident
Every company must keep an accident book where accidents and injuries are recorded. Some-times an employer will choose not to record an injury if it is deemed minor in order to keep stats high, but it is vital that it is recorded. Recording the accident explains any time off and can support a claim while also showing to your employer where changes need to be made.

Your Right To Compensation
It is your right to file for compensation if the injury was not your fault, and you should not ig-nore this. Compensation will not reverse the injury, but it can help cover medical bills and other expenses, it can provide stability if you are unable to work for a period of time and help to im-prove your financial situation. You should always approach specialists like shortly after the injury so that they can start work on your case and collate details while the incident is still fresh.

Injuries at work can happen, and they should never be overlooked or swept under the rug. The workplace should be somewhere that you feel safe no matter if it is on a construction site or in an office. The above should never be ignored, and you must always make sure that the proper protocol is followed as this can minimize damage, stop the accident from happening again, and hold those responsible accountable.
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