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Handling An Injury That’s Happened Where You Work
Naturally, we all want to do all that we can to avoid an injury at work. However, there is only so much that you as an employee can do. If you are injured by forces outside of your control, like an employer’s negligence and lack of action against certain work hazards, then you should take action to protect yourself. After all, the costs of an injury can be high.
Report the injury as soon as you can
First of all, make sure that your direct supervisor at work, or employer, knows that you have been injured, as well as the cause of your injury. If you don’t report it, then it can cause some plausible deniability as to whether or not the workplace knew that it happened in the first place. When you do report it, you might want to do so in the form of an email or something else that you can keep a copy of for your own records.
Get taken care of by the doctor
Of course, you will want to seek treatment for the injury as soon as possible. If you’re looking to make any claims, you need proof of the injury existing and a doctor’s diagnosis and treatments are great proof. Make sure that you tell your doctor that the injury is work-related. The doctor will make sure that it’s mentioned in their medical notes (so that injuries can be dismissed as unrelated) and are more likely to keep more precise records that you can later refer to.
Get in touch with someone who can help
If you’re looking to claim worker’s compensation, you can work through the accident claim yourself. However, the average person can get confused and stressed easily by proceedings, especially since insurance adjusters may be working against you. If you want to get the stress out of the way or you believe that you deserve more than just covering your costs (such as in the event that damages can be charged) then you should consider working with a personal injury law firm. In general, the sooner you get a lawyer on your side, the better. They will be able to give you advice on fact-finding, record-keeping, and more.
Handling an injury at work: keep tracking your costs
If you are making a claim, then you should make sure that you’re able to fully recount the costs that you have incurred because you have been injured. You should note down any days that you would normally be working but cannot, as well as any travel expenses you have had to pay, and any out-of-pocket expenses for your treatment and other needs related to the injury. This way, you can make sure that you’re getting the most accurate compensation that you can
With the tips above, you may be able to make sure that you’re able to handle your injuries and recover without too much disruption. Your top priority should be making sure you can get well without having to take on serious medical debt.