Got Into an Accident at Work? Here’s What You Do Next
No one is prepared for an accident at work. Yet it happens all the time. Unfortunately, some of those accidents can cause serious injury. And with the workers’ compensation laws extremely complex, your next steps are essential for you case.
So here’s a scenario: Let’s say you’re an electrician. While working on the wiring in an old home, you receive a shock. Fortunately, you survive the accident but now you have severe burns to your hands and arms. Now what?
Here’s what you do after if you are injured as a result of an accident in the workplace.
Step 1 – Tell Your Employer
Obviously, the very first thing you should do is seek medical treatment right away. But once you receive treatment, it’s important that you tell your employer of the accident as soon as possible. Many skip this step for fear of losing their jobs or thinking the accident was “no big deal.” But you never know what will happen down the line. Even a small accident can turn into a big problem in a few days or weeks. Failure to report the accident to your employer will result in a loss of workers’ comp benefits.
Step 2 – Document the Accident
Just as important it is to tell your employer is to document the accident at work. Try to get photos of the accident scene and of your injuries. Make a written statement of what happened before, during, and after the accident. Try to get statements from co-workers, supervisors, or anyone else who saw the accident. It’s also important to keep track of all your doctor’s visits concerning your work injuries and what the doctor has to say about them. You’re also going to want to track anytime you have off work. If you
You’re also going to want to track anytime you have off work. If you miss work for more than seven days, you will be eligible for temporary disability benefits.
Step 3 – Follow the Doctor’s Advice
This is important as well. Not only is following the doctor’s advice helps you heal quicker, but you will need to follow the recommended course of treatment to continue receiving benefits. If you feel like your doctor’s treatment plan is not satisfactory –like your treatment is being rushed — you are entitled to a second opinion.
Step 4 – Contact a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Of course, it’s best to contact an attorney after any type of workplace accident. Our experienced personal injury lawyer will explain the workers’ compensation claim process and make sure you are successful in getting the funds needed to recover from your injuries.
If you were injured in an accident at work, don’t wait much longer. Contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone today for a free consultation.