Workers' compensation insurance is supposed to be there when a worker needs it most. It kicks in after they're hurt on the job, covering their medical bills and a portion of their lost wages after they miss a certain amount of work.
After an injury, workers have a right to seek help, to head to the hospital and to get the care they need. Take, for example, this individual who was injured in Ellington. The Jun. 10 report indicated that the town employee had been working on a catch basin on part of a local roadway when he somehow lacerated the upper part of his neck.
An ambulance was called to the scene, and the man was placed there until he was moved to an emergency helicopter. He was airlifted to an area hospital in stable condition, according to the state police. Now, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will be looking into the incident to see what caused the work injuries.
Incidents like this are scary, especially for workers and their colleagues. It's easy to see how a case like this could have ended worse. Fortunately, the patient is expected to survive his injuries, despite the sensitive area where they were suffered.
If you are hurt on the job, do as this worker or his colleagues did. Call 911 and seek help from an ambulance or medical team as soon as possible. Early treatment of any injury is essential to helping you get back to good health and on the path to recovery. After your injury, you can ask to file your claim for workers' compensation.