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Here's what to tell your doctor if you get hurt on the job

You were trying to work on the side of a building when the ladder you were on started to move. The coworker who was supposed to be holding it wasn't paying attention, and the ladder slipped out of his hands. Without the extra stability needed, you quickly fell to the ground.

Now, you have what you assume is a broken leg, and you won't be able to work. You need to know that your workers' compensation claim is legitimate and will be paid.

What should you tell your doctor after a work accident?

After a workplace injury, the first thing you need to do is go to the doctor. Once there, you'll need to tell the doctor that you were hurt at work and describe your symptoms, so an accurate diagnosis is possible.

Next, if the doctor asks how you got hurt, keep it simple. You don't want to admit that you caused your own injuries or put yourself in a negative light. For example, don't say, "I wasn't paying attention and fell off a ladder because I didn't ask for help." You should simply state, "I fell off a ladder."

Why don't you want to talk about your accident too much?

If you show that you were negligent or intentionally harmed yourself, you could hurt your workers' compensation case. In fact, there are times when a claim will be denied because a person caused his or her own injuries by not following workplace protocols or by intentionally causing harm to him- or herself.

The last thing you want to do is to hinder your ability to make a claim. Report your injury to your employer as soon as possible, and make sure to discuss your case with your attorney if you're not sure if you should receive coverage. It's important for employees to have coverage if they're hurt on the job, and handling your situation correctly can help.

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