If you are injured at work in Minnesota, the first thing that you must do is report the injury to your employer.
Report the injury to your supervisor. If you do not have a direct supervisor, report the injury to someone in a management capacity. Report the injury regardless of the severity. This is important because sometimes what you believe is a minor injury can develop into a serious injury.
Failure to report the injury when it occurs can complicate matters. If you are injured at work, go home, and then the next morning realize that the injury is much more severe than you realized, the employer may not believe you were injured at work. Even very severe injuries may not seem severe when they occur. Report any injury.
If needed, go to the emergency room. After reporting the injury at work, any treatment necessary to treat that injury will be compensated. Do not worry about the expense at this time. Tell your doctor you were injured at work. Your employer may attempt to direct you to a doctor. You do not have to go to the doctor they tell you to go to. You may choose your doctor. If needed you should get a restriction from your doctor. The restriction can be different depending on the nature of the injury. It can be a time-per-day restriction, a weight restriction, or anything your doctor deems appropriate.
After you receive the restriction, if any, give it to your employer. Ask your employer to complete a First Report of Injury. If your employer refuses, fill out the document yourself.
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