Getting injured in the workplace is something that unfortunately happens almost every single day on job sites and in offices around the country. If you’ve been injured at work you may be eligible for workers’ compensation to help cover expenses from injuries sustained, work missed due to said injuries and medical bills. Here are the steps you should take if you are injured while at work. Do not hesitate, you must act quickly to ensure there is minimal damage and you are compensated fairly.
Report the Injury
The first thing you need to do is to report the incident and any injuries that have occured. Regardless of how minor you think the injuries are, it’s important to report them to your employer. Injuries that go unreported may make you ineligible for workers’ compensation and could also potentially be harmful to your health. Report the injury to your direct supervisor or someone in your company’s human resources department. If you are not taken seriously or your employer seems unconcerned you will need to seek legal advice immediately. You may have a lawsuit on your hands.
Get Medical Attention
Another thing that is extremely important when you sustain a workplace injury is to seek medical attention. Even if the injury is minor, it’s best to have it checked out by a medical professional as soon as possible. There are a lot of very serious injuries that can occur that will show no immediate symptoms or signs of injury. Seeking medical attention will allow you to have your injury tended to while creating a record in case you need proof of a doctor’s visit for your workers’ compensation claim.
Once you’ve reported the incident and you’ve been treated by a medical professional, it’s time to file the paperwork needed for a workers’ compensation claim. Filing for workers’ compensation is something you should do in conjunction with your employer. If they resist filing a claim or there are any issues with the filing of the claim you may need the assistance of an attorney. An attorney will be able to ensure everything is done by the book and give you the best possible outcome should you have issues with your claim.
Hire a Lawyer
If you find that you do need an attorney, you will want to hire someone who is knowledgeable and experienced in this type of law. They will be able to help you determine if you are eligible for compensation and what steps to take next. They will also be able to help you get compensation for things like lost wages due to missed work, medical bills and any other expenses that may occur as a result of your workplace injury.
If you or a family member has sustained a workplace injury and you need legal representation, call Holman Law Firm. Our knowledgeable team of attorneys are highly trained in these matters and will be able to help you get the best outcome possible. Give us a call today at 850-435-6909.