First Steps to Take When Injured at Work?
What are the First Steps to Take When Injured at Work?
Calling a Murfreesboro workers’ compensation lawyer is at the top of the list
Your employer has a responsibility to create a safe working environment for you and to provide safety training and enforce those safety rules. When your employer neglects those responsibilities, you can get injured at work, which can leave you with lasting health problems or even impact your ability to make a living. It is essential that you work with an experienced Murfreesboro workers’ compensation lawyer like those at Kidwell, South, Beasley, and Haley to secure a settlement that properly compensates you for what you have suffered. You deserve more than reimbursement for your doctor bills. You deserve payment for future care that you may need, time you’ve lost from work, decreased earnings’ capacity, mental suffering, and more.
Taking the right steps after your injury is essential to getting the maximum settlement. Missteps can cost you money by weakening your case, casting doubt about the events that happened, or even getting rid of evidence.
The very first thing you should do when you are injured at work is to get first aid or medical treatment as soon as possible. Put pressure on your wound, sit down after you’ve bumped your head, and put ice on a sprain or burn. If your injuries are severe, have someone call 911 and get medical attention. Your case will not be ruined if you do not get medical attention – for example, if you don’t go to the hospital because you think that your injuries aren’t serious at first – but you will miss out on the chance to get valuable documentation and evidence if you do not seek the help.
You should notify your employer about what’s happened as soon as possible. Ideally, your employer will be on site when the accident happens, and you won’t need to do anything special to report it. But if you work for a big company, you may need to file a report with corporate management. Or you may need to file a report if you were working after hours, on an unsupervised shift, or if you yourself were the supervisor. Notifying your employer provides documentation that can be used in negotiating or litigating your claim later.
Then complete a workers’ compensation form to document your accident further. You will provide details about everything that happened that will be used to determine your right to compensation and that can be used later in a legal claim. In fact, you have to complete this form within two years of your accident in order to get benefits. Otherwise, you will not get workers’ compensation.
As soon as you are able, you should also contact a Murfreesboro workers’ compensation attorney from Kidwell, South, Beasley, and Haley. Your attorney can help you through this process, ensuring that you provide the right information when filing your reports and helping you to protect your rights. Your attorney will also help to collect the information you need to get the compensation you deserve, as well as the physical evidence and eyewitness testimony that will prove the circumstances of your accident and the extent of your injuries. Your attorney will also call on experts who can testify to how your injuries have impacted you and will continue to do so long in the future, justifying the settlement you get.
Call our firm today at (615) 893-1331 to begin exploring your legal rights, or fill out our secure form to schedule your consultation. Let us help you get the settlement you deserve.