There are specific processes and procedures your employer should have in place in the event of an accident at work. Failing to adhere to established workplace policies could limit your legal options. If such an event should occur, you need to escalate the claim and take action through the court systems with assistance from a qualified work injury lawyer.
Step 1: Who Do I Report an Injury to At Work?
Inform your immediate supervisor or manager you have been injured. Most workplaces require an incident report be completed and filed with the employer’s worker compensation insurance.
Step 2: Seek Medical Treatment
Your employer should give you a list of medical facilities where you can go to obtain treatment for minor injuries. For more life-threatening and serious injuries, you should visit an emergency room at the nearest hospital.
Step 3: Inform Healthcare Providers of How You Were Injured
During your visit to the company-referred doctor or if you are alert when arriving at the hospital, let the nurse, doctor, and intake specialist know how you were injured at work.
Step 4: Get All Work Restrictions and Directions in Writing
The doctor may recommend certain restrictions or provide you with specific directions you should follow. Having these in writing can help your case should your employer question your ability to work.
Step 5: Start an Accident Journal
At your first opportunity, write down and record the events of how they occurred. Make a list of witnesses present during the accident. You should also keep any paperwork, business cards, or other information related to your accident in your journal.
Step 6: Obtain a Copy of the Accident Report
After obtaining medical treatment or being released from the hospital, follow up with your employer and request a copy of the accident report to add to your journal.
Step 7: Contact a Work Accident Lawyer
It never hurts to consult with a personal injury lawyer to ensure your employer is not violating your rights in some manner or requesting you take a settlement offer as compensation for your injuries. Call Schechter, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P., Accident & Injury Lawyers at 713-364-0723 for a free consultation appointment today!