- Always report your Injury. This sounds basic but it does not always happen and can create big problems down the road. Report your injury to your foreman, steward, business agent, general contractor, supervisor or H.R. professional immediately, regardless of whether or not you think it is only a minor injury and you can continue working. Often times injured workers do not report their injuries immediately, because they think that it is not a serious injury and they should “be fine by tomorrow.” If your injury turns out to be more serious than initially thought, the failure to immediately report is likely to lead to the worker’s compensation insurer denying the claim.
- Take photographs of the dangerous condition or defective equipment that caused your injury. Use your cellphone to take photographs that can later help prove you were injured on the job and may also be evidence for a third-party negligence claim. It is important to document that dangerous condition that caused the injury.