Getting Help After an On the Job Injury
If you are injured on the job, taking the right steps is key to a quick recovery. Every year, millions of Americans are injured in unsafe workplaces, from employer negligence and by their own actions. If you have sustained an injury on the job, there are several things you should do immediately.
Report the Incident
Report your injury as soon as it happens, but do not make any statements that admit guilt or fault. Stick to only the facts of what happened. If your employer asks you to make a formal statement, include elements like the date, time and location of the accident. If your case ever goes before a judge, the court may review security footage of the incident to determine fault. It is crucial that your statements are consistent and in line with the evidence.
Seek Medical Help
Depending on the severity of your injury, you may be transported to the hospital right away. Even if you don’t feel pain immediately or you think the injury is minor, allow a doctor to perform an exam to determine if there is any damage. In some cases, it can take weeks or even months for symptoms to appear. Getting medical help in the days following the injury will help you to recover quickly and prevent any further damage.
Pay Attention to Deadlines
If you are filing for worker’s compensation, you may have to file a claim within a specified period of time. It is important that you file all claims and adhere to any deadlines to avoid having your case dismissed. Many people do not feel that their injury is severe and fail to file a claim. If your symptoms appear later, you may have missed the deadline to receive compensation for your injuries.
Seek Legal Help
The worker’s compensation process can be tricky to navigate. If you have suffered an on-the-job injury, you may be busy going to doctor’s appointments and trying to replace lost income. Hiring an attorney to process your claim is the best way to ensure that you never miss a deadline and get the money you need to replace your income and keep up with your daily living expenses.
We understand how hard it can be to get hurt on the job. Our team of attorneys are experienced and will treat you with the dignity you deserve. Learn more about how you can get help with filing your claim and start to recover from your injuries quicker. Call us today for a free one-on-one consultation.