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What should you do if you suffer a work injury?

There's nothing more frustrating than suffering an on-the-job injury. Not only does this impact your health, but it could also keep you from doing your job until you recover. Subsequently, your injury could take a toll on your finances.

Here's the first question to answer: Was your injury work-related? If so, you may be in a position to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits. If not, you'll need to carefully review your injury to determine if you exacerbated the issue through your employment.

The next thing you should do is notify your employer. You should do this as soon after your injury as possible. For example, if you injured your back in a slip-and-fall accident, share as many details as possible. This lessens the likelihood of your employer fighting your claim.

After receiving medical treatment, you'll have a better idea of how to treat your injury and the impact it will have on your life. You can also discuss your employment responsibilities and how long it will take to make a complete recovery.

If your injury will keep you out of work, the final step is to file a workers' compensation claim. If approved, you will begin to receive benefits right away. A denial, however, will force you to go through the appeals process.

An on-the-job injury can impact you in many ways, so don't hesitate to learn more about your legal rights. It's not always easy, but if you're entitled to workers' compensation benefits you should continue to fight until you get what you deserve.

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