Picture yourself walking into work one morning just like any other start to your day. As you enter the premises of the building you slip and fall in a wet puddle and hit your head on the hard ground, resulting in a brain injury and other physical damage to your body. As you are laying on the cold, hard ground, you notice other slick spots on the floor. You also notice there are no mats or signs to alert employees that there is a hazard.
Although accidents are inevitable and happen every day due to unintentional efforts, it doesn’t dismiss neglect on behalf of someone that becomes injured. For this reason, workers should consider to take the appropriate steps to be compensated for their injuries. To begin, consider the following:
Before you can distinguish whether you have a case, you must be able to clearly define your workplace accident injury. If you were injured while on the job, you may be entitled to compensation benefits. The reason for these benefits would be to assist with hospital and medical bills, the loss of wages while you were in recovery, and any additional needs that you might require after your injury.
Some of the most dangerous jobs unfortunately lack workers’ compensation since employers may wrongly classify their employees as independent contractors. A few to mention would be: farmers, construction workers, drivers, roofers, loggers, steel workers, electrical workers, etc. To seek if your employer is covered, consider conducting your research and doing a quick search here: knowledgeinitiative.org/are-you-covered.
No matter what the situation might be, consider the scope of what happened and make sure to take note. Whether you’ve fallen on the job, overextended your body, had been struck or injured by equipment; it is important to report the incident and see a doctor promptly. The sooner you consult a medical professional, the better. Also, make sure that you obtain all medical records that were obtained in this process as evidence to support your case.
Now that you’ve done your part and sought out medical attention for your injury, it would be in your best interest to consult a legal professional. While it’s never too early to have an attorney in mind for all your legal matters, now would certainly be a time in which you should get serious about considering assistance.
Despite that the incident was a simple one and the result what your injury, the process for receiving workers’ compensation can be a difficult one. A lawyer will be able to help you distinguish how to determine the cause of your injury and how it can be applied to your best interest. Having adequate legal representation will assist your claim and ensure that you’re getting the most for your case.
Accidents happen to us every day; however, whether they happened due to neglect or unintended efforts can still affect our lives greatly. Don’t hesitate to consult medical and legal help. Also, do your part and know your coverage and lack thereof.