What if I get hurt on the job?

If you get hurt while on the job, you need to know your rights and the benefits that you are entitled to receive.

Anyone can get hurt on the job. Be safe and know in advance what you can do if something goes wrong while you are at work.

Did you know that you…

  • can receive benefits:
    • Even if you are under 18.
    • Even if you are a temporary or part-time worker (in most cases).
  • receive benefits no matter who was at fault for your job injury.
  • don’t have to be a legal resident of the U.S. to receive workers’ compensation benefits.
  • can’t sue your employer for a job injury (in most cases).

What to do right away

If you get hurt on the job, make sure to immediately:

  • Tell your supervisor. If you are under 18, tell your parents or guardians too.
  • Get emergency medical treatment if you need it.
  • Be given a claim form, which your employer must give. Fill it out and return it to your employer. This helps ensure that you receive workers’ compensation benefits.
Workers’ Compensation

Your employer is required by law to provide workers’ compensation benefits.

These include:

  • Medical care for your injury, whether or not you miss time from work.
  • Payments if you lose wages for more than 3 days or if you are hospitalized overnight.
  • Other benefits if you become permanently disabled.
How can I find out more about workers’ compensation?

Talk to:

  • A supervisor or manager at work. Your employer is required by law to give you information about workers’ compensation.
  • Your union rep, if you have one.
  • A state Information & Assistance officer.