You should seek treatment right away for any injury, even if it seems minor. Consider visiting a doctor immediately after a work-related accident or at the first sign of any symptoms that might be due to your work duties or to toxic exposure on the job. Getting prompt treatment serves two important purposes: First, early treatment makes it more likely that you’ll recover from your injuries faster. Second, the closer in time to your accident that you receive treatment, the less room it gives your employer (or its insurance company) to argue that your medical condition isn’t related to your work.
No matter what, you should resist the urge to “tough it out” or downplay the seriousness of your injuries. It can delay or impede your recovery, and it can affect the scope of treatment authorized by workers’ comps or the benefits you ultimately receive.