Accidents on job sites that cause bodily injuries occur frequently in the United States, with statistics remaining consistent in 2018 and 2019. According to a 2019 BLS statistical report, there were over 888,000 non-fatal illnesses and injuries causing a worker to miss one of day of work during the year. Although, most employers implement safety guidance to help protect the employees, an accident is sometimes inevitable. If you received an injury while performing your work duties and don’t know where to turn for guidance, seek legal representation as soon as possible. Below are four essential steps to help ensure you receive compensation for lost wages and medical travel expenses.
Report the Injury Immediately to Your Manager or Supervisor
The first thing you must do is report the accident and injury to your supervisor. Your supervisor will make a report and refer you to Human Resource for medical attention and/or complete the appropriate forms. Most private companies have protocols implemented for transporting injured employees to the hospital or the physician’s office.
Contact an Attorney
While reporting an on-the-job injury and seeking medical attention are important, legal representation from a job site accident lawyer is beneficial. In many cases, injured employees experience problems with employers and the company’s insurance carrier denial of claims. This usually occurs due to delayed injury reporting.
Inform the Nurse and Doctor the Injury Is Work Related
When you arrive to the hospital, inform the medical professionals that the injury happened in the workplace or on a jobsite. This information is significant and requested by your employer and the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Company.
Track and Record Expenses Related to Your Injury
Some workplace injuries causing fractured bones, bruised skin, and brain damage can result in missed days from work and costly expenses. As a result, workers’ compensation insurance companies require you to keep a record of the number of days missed and mileage to and from medical facilities. Accurate record speeds up compensation for lost wages and out-of-pocket expenses.
If you or a loved one received an injury while on the job, call a reputable lawyer specializing in workers’ compensation laws for legal guidance. In some cases, reporting an accident comes after seeking medical attention. An attorney is helpful and can relieve you of the stress associated with working with the workers’ compensation insurance carrier to settle your claim.