After receiving an injury while on the job, you will likely come to find that just about everyone has an opinion about it. They may have things to say about the potential cause, about how you should treat it, and how you should seek potential compensation.
Each source may have different motivations and perspectives, and not all are out to protect your best interest. So who are the parties you should avoid taking advice from?
Workplace Fairness discusses what to do after suffering from an injury at work. First, you have your employers. Your contractor or company will want you to follow their policies, but not every policy fits every situation. On top of that, you might have non-standard avenues for recourse available that they do not want you to pursue. It is not hard to imagine that an employer is more likely to look after their own bottom line than worry about a worker, too.
Next, you have opinionated personal relations. These may be friends, family members or coworkers who all have their own stories to compare yours to and their own idea of what you should do next. Of course, what happened to them and what they suggest might not mesh with your best interests even if they want what is best for you. You may need to take their words with a grain of salt.
Finally, do not listen to your adversaries. This includes property owners and insurers. Insurance adjusters in particular have a bad reputation for providing initial offers that fall far below the mark that the victim deserves. Both parties have a personal stake in the matter and will try to limit they amount they must pay no matter the cost to you.