Even though there are some lines of work and jobs that are inherently more dangerous than others, it is important that you remember that you can be injured on the job regardless of where you work and what job you perform. Many New Mexico residents experience work-related accidents or even develop illnesses due to a situation or environment at work across a spectrum of industries. Knowing what to expect if this happens is important.
As explained by the State of New Mexico Workers' Compensation Administration, there is a very specific process that should be followed after an on-the-job accident. Following this process is important in protecting your rights to medical care and any indemnity benefits that may be appropriate for your situation. First and foremost, if your condition requires emergency care that comes before everything else. Then, within 15 days you are required to notify your employer in writing via the Notice of Accident form about the incident even if they were present at the time.
When it comes to seeking medical treatment whether in an emergent situation or not, you must know that your employer may be able to dictate which provider you can visit. Some employers will allow their employees to choose their own doctors and you will need to ask your employer if this is allowed.
If you would like to learn more about what you should do and what your rights are after you have been hurt in an incident on the job, please feel free to visit the injured employee's rights page of our New Mexico workers' compensation website.