What Happens When Someone Gets Hurt at Work?
Workplaces are supposed to be safe for anyone who enters the vicinity. However, there are some situations in which workers may get hurt while on the job. There may be a number of causes for these types of accidents, but it’s what comes next that confuses most people.
The steps following an injury at work are important when it comes to protecting your rights, especially when workers’ compensation claims come into play. For individuals in dangerous occupations such as construction workers, knowing what steps to take should be imperative.
Reporting the Accident
Reporting the accident should be at the top of your priority list so you can ensure that your employer knows of the situation. By reporting your accident and injury to your employer, you can get the necessary medical treatment from your insurance and your job will recognize that you were injured on the job.
If you are too injured to report the situation yourself, you can also have someone nearby report the accident. As long as your employer knows about the situation immediately, your rights should be protected.
Get Medical Treatment
Medical treatment should be your next step as you want to start getting any procedures, medications, or other options immediately. This can help you heal, but it can also be beneficial in giving you a medical record to show that you were in fact injured as a result of something that happened at work.
File the Necessary Claim
Depending on the occupation, the situation, and the insurance provided by the employer, your claim will differ. In many cases, workers’ compensation is the avenue to go and insurance will provide compensation to the injured worker.
However, in some situations, the injury could be the result of some form of negligence. This includes negligence at the hands of another worker or by a third party company such as an equipment manufacturer.
At The Beasley Firm, our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers recognize the different types of claims you may be able to file and what type of legal action you may be able to take. We guide you through the entire process so you know what to expect every step of the way.
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