People are imperfect. We have all misspelled something in an important email, backed into a mailbox or spilled coffee onto that brand new shirt. Something that an unfortunate number of Americans face, however, is a workplace accident, which can have much more serious consequences than those examples above. In the most extreme cases, these accidents can leave victims seriously injured, permanently disabled and without the means to make a living as they once did.
If you are injured while on the job, follow the following steps to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve from your employer.
What To Do After a Workplace Accident
- Report It Immediately: Time is of the essence after an accident. Though you may not show immediate signs of injury (just like in a car accident), injuries may become more apparent over time. Even if you do not think you are injured, reporting the accident is highly advised in order to both highlight possibly unsafe conditions and get the accident “on the books” in case injuries develop soon thereafter. You employer is then responsible for reporting the incident to the insurance company.
- Get An Examination: As soon as possible after the accident, it is important to go to the emergency room or a doctor your employer chooses for a full examination. Again, sometimes injuries are not obvious and pain develops later on. Dangers, such as concussions or internal injuries, are known to sometimes go unnoticed until it is nearly too late. See a doctor, explain the accident that occurred and be sure to keep all records of this visit in case evidence of your injury is necessary to provide.
- Seek Out An Experienced Workers Comp Lawyer: To ensure that your employer has properly filed a workers comp claim, you may want to discuss your case with a professional to fully understand your rights. Workers compensation law can sometimes be a winding road that is often difficult to navigate without someone who knows their way around. Ensure that you receive the benefits you deserve from your employer by finding a workers compensation attorney to represent you.
- A Picture Worth a Thousand Words: Further, if appropriate, take photographs of what caused your injury as your injury may be the responsibility of a third party, which would allow you to bring a negligence claim in addition to your workers’ compensation claim.
Though these three steps are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to workers compensation cases, if you are injured on the job, be sure to keep these first steps in mind. Most of all, always keep safety as your priority, whether at work or at play. Report intoxicated coworkers or those that put your life at risk while on the job. If you are injured, contact an experienced attorney immediately to secure compensation from your employer.