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What do you do when an employee is injured at work?

Last Updated: 19th June, 2020

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As soon as an accident or injury happens, businessownersshould follow these steps:
  1. Get workers to a safe place. Move any injuredworkersaway from an area if it is dangerous and make sureotheremployees stay clear.
  2. Assess the situation.
  3. Assist the injured.
  4. Gather information and keep evidence.

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In this regard, do I get paid if injured at work?

Medical care must be paid for by youremployerif you get hurt on the job—whether ornot youmiss time from work. You may be eligible to receivebenefitseven if you are a temporary or part-time worker. Youcan'tsue your employer for a job injury (inmostcases).

Likewise, can you be fired for being injured on the job? Most states have laws that make it illegal to fireanemployee solely because the employee has suffered aworkplaceinjury and filed a workers' compensation claim.However, anemployee may be fired if the injury makestheemployee unable to complete the employee's essentialjobresponsibilities.

Similarly one may ask, how long does an employer have to report an injury at work?

While many states impose workers compensationdeadlines,some simply advise that employees should reporttheirinjuries “as soon as possible.”Evenwhere a state law provides 30 or 60 days to fileareport, failure to report awork-relatedinjury immediately could result in denialof workers'compensation benefits.

Should I get full pay if injured at work?

Pay when you can't work You should get Statutory Sick Pay(SSP)if you need time off because of yourinjury.Your contract of employment might also say youcanget extra sick pay. Depending on theseriousnessof your injury, you might also be able toclaimbenefits.

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