If you were involved in an accident at the workplace, you could be entitled to compensation.
But you’ll be busy caring for your injuries, missing time from work, and paying bills without a paycheck. Because of this, navigating your legal rights can sink on your priority list.
What should you do if you’ve been injured at work?
Follow these important tips to protect your legal rights as an employee.
Report Your Accident at the Workplace
You should report your accident at the workplace to your manager or HR person as soon as possible. Doing so can help you secure and preserve the area where the accident occurred.
This might also help prevent others from also becoming injured. It may also allow your employer to conduct an accurate investigation.
Even if your accident doesn’t pose a threat to others, it’s still important to report it right away. Pain-related injuries, such as neck or back pain, could put you at risk of greater injury if you continue to work instead of reporting it.
In fact, if you don’t report your injury in a timely manner, you may forfeit any chance of receiving worker’s compensation.
Seek Medical Treatment
You should get medical treatment for your injury as soon as possible. Even minor pain, such as a strained back, can worsen if not properly treated.
It’s your right as a worker to get medical treatment by your own doctor. This means even if your company advises you to wait or be seen by their provider. You should never delay seeking treatment.
Document Every Detail
In the hours and days following an accident at the workplace, details about the situation can seem blurred or confusing.
While getting medical treatment should take priority, you should also try to document any details about the accident that can help you recall information later. Your employer will likely ask you questions about the accident to determine what happened. You need to be as prepared as possible to help them understand the circumstances.
In addition, you should document what your employer did following the accident. Record what they said, how they responded, when you reported your injury, and other information.
Getting your own witness statements can also help pull together the big picture. Keep track of any doctor visits, whether it’s to your own doctor or theirs. Write down what the doctor says, and obtain official notes from your visit, if possible.
Get the Help of an Experienced Attorney
No one wants to file an injury claim at work for fear of retaliation, but you shouldn’t let fear prevent you from receiving the care and compensation you deserve.
If your employer is giving you trouble about filing your claim, contact an experienced lawyer immediately to help you navigate the process.
Let Kastl Law Help You File Your Claim
Our team of lawyers is experienced in helping victims who experience an accident at the workplace. We can fight to ensure that no corporate figures or bogus rules disqualify you from receiving worker’s compensation.
If you’ve been injured at work, money should be the least of your worries. Contact us today for a free consultation and let us help you get the compensation you deserve.