5 Things to know if you get injured on the job

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Here are five critical things to keep in mind if you ever find yourself injured while at work.
  1. Report your injury immediately with as much detail as possible. Keep telling them until they fill out accident forms. Get copies of the forms if possible.
  2. Seek medical treatment immediately with your family doctor if you have one. Tell the doctor that your injury is work-related and explain exactly how the injury happened. If a repetitive injury, explain what you do at your job. Then follow your doctor’s treatment plan and attend all medical appointments.
  3. Get documentation of your work restrictions and keep a copy with you at work at all times. If an issue comes up about your ability to do a specific task notify your supervisor of your restrictions immediately. Don’t assume your human resources manager has informed every one of your specific restrictions.
  4. You have the right to choose your own surgeon if surgery is recommended. Don’t assume the doctor your employer has chosen has your best interests at heart.
  5. You have the right to receive compensation for the time from work you miss until you reach maximum healing from your injury. If it takes you more than a week to heal, keep that in mind.

The offices of Rehm, Bennett, Moore & Rehm, which also sponsors the Trucker Lawyers website, are located in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska. Five attorneys represent plaintiffs in workers’ compensation, personal injury, employment and Social Security disability claims. The firm’s lawyers have combined experience of more than 95 years of practice representing injured workers and truck drivers in Nebraska, Iowa and other states with Nebraska and Iowa jurisdiction. The lawyers regularly represent hurt truck drivers and often sue Crete Carrier Corporation, K&B Trucking, Werner Enterprises, UPS, and FedEx. Lawyers in the firm hold licenses in Nebraska and Iowa and are active in groups such as the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG), American Association for Justice (AAJ), the Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys (NATA), and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). We have the knowledge, experience and toughness to win rightful compensation for people who have been injured or mistreated.

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