No matter what type of job you have, it is always possible you may suffer an injury during the course of your workday. When this happens, it is crucial you take numerous steps as soon as possible. Not only will this set the stage for you to receive compensation for your injuries, but it will also protect you against certain measures your employer may be tempted to take against you. To fight back after a personal injury at work and come out on top, take these steps immediately.
As soon as you are injured, file an accident report with your immediate supervisor or others who may be in charge at the time. By reporting your injuries, you will have documentation regarding what took place, who if anyone witnessed what happened, the extent of your injuries, and other information that can play a large role when filing a personal injury lawsuit or workers’ compensation claim.
If you don’t get immediate medical treatment for any injuries you received on the job, your employer and their insurance company will likely claim your injuries were not as serious as you stated, and may even dispute your claims of injury altogether. By getting medical treatment and having doctors verify your injuries in your medical records, you can eliminate this possibility.
If you have spoken to an attorney about personal injury law and are considering filing a lawsuit or workers’ comp claim, don’t be intimidated by your employer. Though it is illegal to do so, some employers will nevertheless threaten employees with demotions or firings in these situations. Since you do have many legal rights in these situations, move forward with your injury claim to receive the compensation you need and deserve.
Since employers will often do all they can to discourage injured employees from pursuing either a workers’ comp claim or personal injury lawsuit, hiring an attorney who specializes in work-related injury cases should be one of your first moves following your accident. In doing so, you can get a detailed and objective opinion regarding your case, let your lawyer handle communications with your employer and the insurance company, and make sure all of your legal rights are protected as your case plays out.
While it may be stressful to take these and other steps following your workplace injury, doing so can ensure you rights will be protected and you will get the financial compensation you need and deserve.