Imagine that you're working at your desk. There are no significant hazards around you. You reach up and pick up a heavy box above you, and you suddenly feel a snap along your shoulder. You've been working in the same position for many hours, and combined with the strain of the weight of the box, you're now struggling with a painful injury.
Situations like yours aren't uncommon. It's actually relatively common for accidents to happen on the job with little that can be done to prevent them. Whether it's because of repetitive motions, picking up something too heavy or other causes, injuries can happen in an instant.
When they do, you need to know what to do next. No matter what kind of injury you suffer, your employer should help you file a claim with the workers' compensation insurance carrier. If your injury is extremely painful, a coworker can take you to the hospital, or your employer can call for an ambulance.
It's important that you receive care right away so that you can prevent the injury from worsening.
What information should you keep from the hospital visit?
Keep every piece of paperwork you receive. You should also inform the medical provider that this is a work-related injury so that they can give you copies of the correct documents for your employer.
If you are hurt on the job in any way, workers' compensation should be there to protect you and pay for your medical care. Don't delay in telling someone if you get hurt so you can get care quickly. Our site has more information on the compensation and benefits you may receive after a work injury.