If you suffered a serious back injury at work while in a car accident, and you are pursuing a worker's compensation claim, there are a few things you need to make sure you do to protect your worker's compensation claim.
#1 Get The Medical Attention You Need
If you hurt your back at work, do not delay getting treatment for your injury. The first thing you should do is head to your urgent care or emergency room. Back injuries are often soft tissue injuries, so be sure to insist on an MRI if an X-ray is not appropriate to document the damage that has occurred to your back.
After your initial treatment, be sure to get follow up medical care. If you need to do physical therapy, start going to therapy as soon as possible. If you need to get surgery, schedule a date for your surgery and let your workplace know. If you need to get massage therapy or start chiropractic treatment, make it happen. Make getting the medical treatment you need a top priority. When you go to the doctor, make sure that they know you are getting treatment for a work related injury and that they put that information on your chart.
Back injuries can be notoriously hard to prove, so the more medical care and medical documentation you get of your injury the better.
#2 Follow Doctor's Orders
If your doctor has given you physical work restrictions, you need to follow them and you need to make sure that your employer knows about your restrictions. Have the restrictions written out for your employer, and make sure that anyone at work who is responsible for assigning your duties knows that work you are not able to do.
Depending on your job, you may want to sit down with your employer and go over everyday tasks that you will not be able to do anymore. That way, your employer can assign those tasks to someone else and you can set up other work you can do instead.
Don't push yourself and do work you are not able to do. Not only could you hurt your body, you could also hurt your claim as well.
Be sure to also find an attorney who can work with you on your claim. Dealing with a back injury can be tricky to prove, so find an attorney, like one from Alexander Law Firm, who can support you in your efforts will you continue to get the medical treatment you need.