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3 mistakes to avoid when you're injured on the job

Workplace injuries are an inevitable part of life, no matter what your job is. Many people, however, miss out on fair compensation or even appropriate treatment because they make simple mistakes after the injury.

If you have suffered an injury on the job, the first priority is to get the medical help that you need. Putting off medical attention can mean that a simple injury becomes more serious.

No matter what your injury, it is always wise to consult with an attorney as soon as possible, especially before communicating with representatives for an insurance provider.

You deserve proper care, regardless of the injury

There are three mistakes people often make that keep them from receiving proper care and compensation.

First, many people decide not to report an injury because they believe that the severity of the injury is slight and does not warrant "making a fuss" with their employer. However, an employer should always want to know about any injury that occurs in the line of your duties.

If you believe that reporting an injury may negatively affect your employment, you should consult with an attorney who can help familiarize you with the various laws in place to protect employees from employer retaliation.

Essentially, you have the legal right to report an injury without an employer responding negatively. An experienced attorney can help you delve into the nuances of the law as it pertains to Louisiana.

Always err on caution

You may also believe that an injury is so slight that it does not necessitate reporting. This is not true. Unless you are a trained medical professional who can identify an injury as being so minor that it does not require treatment, you should think in terms of your greater quality of life and ongoing wellbeing when you suffer an injury.

In some cases, not treating the injury properly through your employer's workers' compensation provider can invalidate your opportunities for further treatment if the injury worsens. While this is not common, it is possible. Ultimately, your employers' insurance is in place to make sure that you can receive care when you need it.

The other common mistake that employees make when it comes to minor injuries is waiting too long to report them. If you do not report an injury within a year of it occurring, then you may invalidate your coverage by your employer's insurance provider.

Like we mentioned earlier, even small injuries can have surprisingly serious consequences if not treated properly. It is also possible that an injury may seem small, but is actually quite serious.

Ultimately, you are always better off to report the injury to your employer when it occurs, seek the medical care you need immediately, then consult with an experienced attorney as soon as possible.

Proper guidance means better care

An experienced attorney knows how to make the most of your workers' compensation claim to make sure that you receive the best care and the most fair compensation for your injury. If you have suffered an injury on the job, do not hesitate to seek out proper legal counsel that will help you take care of yourself and protect your rights.

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