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What should you do if you are injured at work?

Some lines of work naturally come with more hazards than others. However, no matter what you do, there is still a chance that you could be injured in the course of your employment. You could slip or fall, a machine or appliance could malfunction or any number of other things could go wrong. Of course, there is no sense in spending each day panicking about potential mishaps. However, if misfortune should befall you, it is important to know what to do next.

If you are involved in a workplace accident, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. Your health and well-being has to come first. Once this is done, you should report the incident to your supervisor or your employer. This will allow him or her to identify the hazard and take steps to remedy it. It will also serve as useful evidence if you choose to file a compensation claim.

As is explained by the New York State Workers' Compensation Board, you may be able to recover the cost of your medical treatment via a successful compensation claim. However, it is vital to be aware of the time restrictions on making a claim. If you do not file within two years of your accident, your right to claim may be lost, regardless of the merit of your case.

It might seem like a lot to think about when you are recovering from an injury. However, a successful claim could relieve you of significant financial burden. An attorney can advise you about the options available to you and may be able to support you in pursuing the compensation you deserve.

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