Gilbert Fisher: The first thing that an injured worker should do, when they get injured, is to seek medical attention, report the injury, seek medical attention. If the employer's not willing to send them to a doctor and they feel like they need that, then, you know, they should call 911, I guess, or go to a doctor on their own. But the first thing is to get medical attention.
And then, of course, follow-up to that, if the employer is not recognizing the doctor's restrictions or trying to deny the claim, then legal advice as to what the next step is is crucial. So the next step would be to try and find an attorney even for a consultation. Even if you don't end up getting representation, talk to an attorney and find out what the next steps are because those can vary from case to case and depending on the situation.
But knowing your rights early, and as they say, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," and that's definitely applicable in the work-comp case. The sooner you know exactly what your rights are and what you should do, the better. And an attorney is the best person to give you that advice.
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