– Report the injury or illness to your employer. Make sure your supervisor or someone
else in management knows as soon as possible. If your injury or illness developed
gradually (like tendinitis or hearing loss), report it as soon as you learn or believe it was
caused by your job. Reporting promptly helps avoid problems and delays in receiving
benefits, including medical care. If your employer does not learn about your injury within
30 days, you could lose your right to receive workers’ compensation benefits.
– Get emergency treatment if needed.
If it’s an emergency, call 911 or go to an
emergency room right away. Your employer must make sure that you have access to
emergency treatment right away, and may tell you where to go for treatment. Tell the
medical staff that your injury or illness is job-related.