You are entitled to a safe work environment. In fact, employers in every state are required to provide to their employees a reasonably safe and healthy workplace. Although this is the law, often companies fail to do this and as a result, an employee, such as yourself, is injured. In this blog, we’ll look at workers’ rights and what to do if you are injured at work or on the job,
What to Do If You are Injured at Work | 3 Steps:
1. Notify your Supervisor
The most important and first thing to do is notify your supervisor of the injury right away, and preferably in writing. A written letter or email is the easiest way, to protect your legal rights in this situation. Report your injury that day or as quickly as possible. You will also want to file a claim with the workers’ compensation court or industrial court in your state. The claim will start the process towards you receiving workers compensation. Make sure to keep copies of all forms for your record which is why everything should be produced in writing.
2. Seek Medical Attention
While your injury may not be life threatening or urgent, you may still need to see a company doctor for your injuries.Under the FECA you may initially select any qualified doctor to be your treating physician. If you are not a federal employee you are not covered by the FECA and state law will apply. In some states, you have a right to see your doctor if you make this request in writing before the injury occurs, so you will want to discuss this with your employer (in writing). Often the injured workers are referred to a doctor of the company’s choice and paid for by their employers. Sometimes you will only have to see this chosen doctor for a period of time, and then you can go to a physician of your choice.
Sometimes an employer may ask for a second opinion examination by another doctor. The following guidelines apply to second opinion exams. Overall, the doctor’s report will have a significant impact on what benefits you will receive. Keep in mind, the doctor’s opinion may not always be in your best interest.
3. Notify an Attorney
If you don’t feel the company you work for is handling your case in your best interest, it is best to seek outside help. Also, If you are not sure you understand any part of your case a local workers’ compensation lawyer will be able to explain everything and work to solve your problem. A work related injury can cause you multiple problems down the road from financial trouble to job placements to more physical harm.
Don’t let this one injury affect the rest of your life. Our attorneys are well versed in personal injury and workers compensation law and will help you answer any questions you have.