If you are injured on the job, there are certain things that you should do that will help you protect your legal rights and help avoid potential problems down the road.
- Report your injury immediately. If you are injured at work, the first thing you need to do is report the injury. You should report the injury in writing and include details about how you were injured and what part or parts of your body were injured.
- Get a copy of the incident report. If an accident report is made, get a copy of it (if you can).
- If you are experiencing pain, go to the doctor. If you are injured at work, even if you think it is minor, you should go to the doctor. If you wait for your pain to be intolerable, insurance companies may later deny you compensation.
- Explain all symptoms to your doctors. Tell the doctor how you were injured and identify all parts of your body that you are experiencing pain. Your doctors will take notes and should diagnose you.
- Get treatment. If your doctor recommends a course of treatment, get treatment.
- Follow the doctor’s instructions. Do what the doctor tells you to do. If he tells you to show up for treatment on a particular day and time, go to your appointment.
- Contact a lawyer. Even if the insurance company is “doing right” by you, you should hire an experienced work injury lawyer to assist you with gathering evidence and any legal advice pertaining to your claim. Remember—the ark was built before the flood.
- Track down witnesses. Write down the names of all persons who witnessed your injury. Get their contact information—it will help you later if you need their help.
- Collect evidence. Take photos of the injury site and of your physical injuries, damaged equipment, etc. If you are unable to, contact a friend, relative, coworker, or lawyer to collect evidence on your behalf.
- Do not sign anything. Do not sign any forms, give statements, or take part in any other legal action without consulting your lawyer. Your lawyer should help you understand your rights and options throughout this process.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or tragically killed in a workplace accident, please contact the work injury attorneys at Morrow & Sheppard LLP for a free, confidential consultation. You can reach us toll-free at 800-489-2216 or complete our online form.