Workplace accidents result in injury more often than one may think. Each workplace is legally responsible to protect the health and safety of the workers by preventing workplace accidents. Injuries can happen to anyone, so it’s important to know your rights and the appropriate action to take when dealing with on-site accidents. Keep reading to learn more!
Inform your supervisor.
If you’ve been in a workplace accident, notify your supervisor or boss immediately – regardless of the injuries you may or may not have received. It’s best to have your experience documented as most states require it. Be sure to file immediately to avoid losing your legal right to compensation benefits due to state deadlines.
Seek medical care.
If your injury or illness requires immediate attention, seek medical care. Do not wait to speak to your supervisor or boss, as your health and well-being are top priorities. If you’re not seriously injured, ask your employer if you’re required to see a certain doctor or if you can choose your own. If you’re unhappy with the doctor’s diagnosis, you may be entitled to a second opinion under workers’ compensation. Keep in mind the doctor’s report can impact the benefits you receive.
Consult an attorney.
It’s often a good idea to talk to a workers’ compensation attorney before filing a claim. With years of experience handling workers’ compensation claims, they can greatly benefit your case. An initial consultation is usually free and can help you understand the benefits you’re entitled to and what steps you should take.
File a claim.
As an employee, you are entitled to file a workers’ compensation claim. Filing a claim is not a lawsuit; rather, it is a request for benefits. The first step to filing a claim is notifying your employer. No matter the circumstances, your employer must offer you a claim form immediately. You must complete the form before being eligible for benefits. If you do not complete the form, your employer has no obligation to provide benefits. You will receive a copy of your claim from your employer that you should keep for your records.
If you need additional guidance regarding an on-site injury or accident, the Wellness and Stress Clinic of Memphis offers legal guidance from volunteers with the Memphis Area Legal Services every first and third Monday of the month via phone consultation. Appointments are necessary, so give us a call at 901-306-5433 to set yours up!