Three Next Steps to Take After Being in a Workplace Accident
Workplace accidents can happen to anyone at just about any time, and yet, most workplaces do not put much effort into letting employees know what to do if they do get hurt on-the-job. This might be intentional for some companies that try to minimize their chances of having to pay out workers’ compensation claims. Do you know what you are supposed to do if something goes wrong at work and you get injured?
Here are three crucial steps to take after any workplace accident:
- Tell your employer: The biggest mistake you can make after being injured at work or while performing work-related duties is not telling your employer as soon as possible. You cannot expect your employer to pay out workers’ compensation if they do not know about your accident, or have reason to believe it is falsified or exaggerated. If you cannot tell your employer directly, try to tell a supervisor, manager, or another employee who can pass the word along. You also do not need to tell your supervisor if they should reasonably know about the accident without notification, such as a case where you fall off a ladder at the front of a retail store with people around you.
- Get medical attention: Even for minor injuries that you think are not a big deal, you need to see a doctor as soon as possible. Your employer might have a list of physicians that can see you, based on their employee injury insurance plans. If you are not familiar with the doctors selected, ask if you can go see your own. When your injuries are severe enough to take you to urgent care, do not contest the treatments or worry about how to pay for them. Your employer should be covering those expenses upfront.
- Call an attorney: When you have a free moment, you should reach out to a workplace accident lawyer to talk about what happened. In the best of situations, the insurance companies of employers still have an interest to pay you as little workers’ compensation as possible. In the worst of situations, you might have your claim outright denied. Getting an attorney’s input and representation sooner than later can help you overcome unexpected obstacles readily and stay on track for a quick recuperation.
Were you hurt on-the-job? Do not hesitate to contact the highly-experienced, greatly-skilled Dallas workplace accident attorneys from Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP to find out what you should do next to pursue compensation. We offer free consultations to inquiring clients so you can get started on the right path without having to worry about legal costs.