Every employee, no matter what industry they work in, has the right to a safe working environment. That's why if you are injured on the job, it is essential that it be documented thoroughly and certain steps be followed so that if you are entitled to compensation — or litigation is needed — you are protected against counter-claims. Here are the key steps top follow that can help support personal injury claims after you have been hurt on the job.
"Reporting an incident to the appropriate authorities should be done quickly."
Get emergency medical attention
After an accident, before anything else happens, seek medical attention. Even if you don't feel hurt, you may have injuries that go unnoticed until later.
Report the incident
Like seeking medical attention, reporting an incident to the appropriate authorities should be done quickly. Many states have only a very short grace period of time in which you must report an accident in order to be covered under workers compensation. Report workplace injuries to your appropriate manager or HR personnel, but be sure to keep documentation for yourself.
See a doctor
If you haven't already gone to an emergency room, go to a trained medical professional for an evaluation. Often, your employer may have a recommended or approved doctor that they ask you to see if you wish to pursue workers compensation claims. If you are unsatisfied with the level of care you receive from your employer-approved doctor, then seek a second opinion. You may be forced to pay for the second opinion out of pocket, but this can be worth it in the long run if you seek compensation.
If your workers compensation claims are not being given adequate consideration, you may need legal aid. The injury attorneys at The Meyers Law Firm can help if you have been injured on the job.