Blog : Workers' Compensation

I just got hurt at work. What should I do?

Christina Hill

First thing is to check yourself and make sure you’re more or less ok. Second, make a note of who may have been a witness –just in case you need support later on. Third, tell your supervisor. Tell them out loud but back this with up with something in writing. That could be a formal report or just an email after the fact. Fourth, go the doctor. Be absolutely clear how you got hurt and that this occurred on the job. Fifth, follow up with your employer to make sure this went to their insurance company. You should get an Industrial Commission Form 19. This is the ONLY proof that the insurance company has acknowledged your claim. Sixth, you should file a Form 18. Be very careful about the Form 18. We recommend talking to an attorney before you file. Understand that simple errors like date of accident can come back to haunt you later on. The Form 18 needs to be perfect.