Suffering a workplace injury can be a stressful and complex ordeal. From the moment the accident occurs, you embark on a journey to physical, financial, and emotional recovery that will require your full attention to navigate through properly.
There are things you must do, and there are things you must try to avoid. If you’re confused, concerned, or worried about what’s to follow, it’s always best to team up with an attorney. They can explain your options, keep everything on schedule, and help guide you toward the best possible outcome.
Here are the 7 steps to take after suffering a workplace accident, courtesy of America’s Largest Personal Injury Firm.
Step #1 — Receive Medical Care
First and foremost, you must seek medical care for your injuries. If it’s a minor accident, you should locate the nearest first-aid kit. For more severe accidents, you may need to call an ambulance or have someone call it for you.
Step #2 — Notify Your Employer
Next, you’ll file an incident report with your supervisor, manager, or other party you report to regularly once you’re able to do so. The timely filing of this report puts you in the best position for future legal proceedings.
Step #3 — Document the Situation
Put your injuries in writing in your employer’s relevant logbook, with as much detail as possible. You should also put this in an email to your HR department or other HR alternative, including the date you filed the report, the person you filed the report with, and any communications you’ve had with them since filing.
Step #4 — Collect Evidence
Your workplace or colleagues may have recordings or photos of the incident or the environment in which the incident occurred leading up to the accident. All of this is vital to proving that your situation is real and warrants compensation, so make sure to leave no stone unturned as you search for evidence.
You should also speak with any co-workers, managers, or supervisors who saw the incident occur. They can attest to other important factors in proving your case, making them of great importance to your case.
Step #5 — Receive Comprehensive Medical Care
If your injury was minor and didn’t require immediate medical attention, you should still visit a doctor and understand more about your condition. Some victims suffer internal injuries that aren’t immediately apparent. By seeking medical attention, you prevent those conditions from worsening.
Step #6 — Total Your Expenses (and Keep a Running Tally)
At this point, medical costs, lost wages, and other expenses have likely piled up. You should record all of these expenses, including supplies, the price of any at-home care, transportation expenses, and any other costs related to your injuries.
Step #7 — Contact an Experienced Attorney
Now that you’ve built the foundation of your case, it’s time to look forward. Although the future is unknown, you want to proactively prepare for the challenges that lay ahead. One of the best ways to do this is by teaming up with an attorney with experience in the exact type of situation you’re dealing with.
Morgan and Morgan Stands as an Ally to Workplace Accident Victims
It’s important that your employer file your accident claim with the relevant insurance provider as soon as possible, but this isn’t always the case. When they fail to do so, you need to have someone at your side who understands the legal rights that protect you.
Morgan and Morgan has fought for workplace accident victims and others wronged by negligence and carelessness for over 3 decades. Our experience has earned a lengthy track record or success that we leverage to better serve the people we meet today.
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