What to Do if You are Injured on the JobOn September 26, 2021 by Millerie Penbrock
Injuries on the job happen, whether you work in a hazardous industry like construction or even in a comfortable high-rise office. When you are hurt on the job, medical bills and lost wages can place a financial strain on you and your family. By following the appropriate steps after an injury, you can protect your rights and your ability to gain compensation for your injuries, through workmen’s compensation or other means.
When you are injured on the job, follow these steps:
Make a Written Report
The incident that caused the injury should be reported to a supervisor or manager in writing. By the same token, carefully document all steps taken after the initial event, including doctor’s visits and care received. Injuries that are not reported within 30 days may not be eligible for any type of legal compensation.
Pursue Medical Care
It is imperative that an injured worker receive an examination from a physician who can document injuries and care required for a full recovery. Document all care provided by asking for a copy of medical records at every visit. Follow doctor’s instructions carefully, to avoid negating any potential compensation.
Talk to an Attorney
Attorneys specializing in workmen’s compensation cases are often the best source for injured workers. Most lawyers in this area work on a contingency basis, which means they do not charge a fee unless the client wins a settlement. Workmen’s compensation attorneys offer the information and advice necessary to collect facts and evidence that ensure you get the compensation for your injuries that you are entitled to.
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