Injured at Work? 5 Steps to Immediately Take After the Accident

If you have been injured while at work, it can be a terrifying event. In addition to having to deal with the difficulties of a potentially serious injury, you will also be worried about your position at your job and how you will maintain your income. If you handle the situation properly, these are issues you shouldn’t need to be concerned about.

Depending on the details surrounding the accident, you may qualify for workmens’ compensation benefits, and possibly even a lawsuit. Both of these options, however, can be put in jeopardy if you don’t take the right steps:

Step 1: Seek Medical Attention

The first thing you need to be concerned with after an accident is getting the medical attention you need. Even if you think you are okay, it is a good idea to go to the hospital to be properly evaluated by a doctor. In addition to being an important precaution for your health, this will also provide you with important documentation about your injuries.

Step 2: Follow Company Policies

Once you are sure that your health is safe, you need to make sure you follow your company policies regarding reporting and documenting an accident. When filling out any required paperwork about the accident, make sure you get a copy of everything for your own records as well. Completing this step properly will remove the risk of a company trying to deny benefits based on failure to comply with policies.

Step 3: Take Notes on What Happened

Write down everything you can remember about what led up to the accident, how the accident happened, and what occurred after the accident. Write down your own memories, and also get statements from others who witnessed the accident. The more details that can be remembered, the better. Should a lawsuit be necessary, this information will be very important. The sooner after the accident that you can get these notes written down, the better.

Step 4: Preserve Evidence (Take Pictures if Possible)

Any evidence that can help prove what happened is going to be very important. If you suffered from a slip-and-fall accident, for example, make sure you have a picture of the wet floor that caused it. Each situation is unique, so take the time to preserve any evidence that may be relevant. If you’re stuck in the hospital, ask a co-worker to gather this type of evidence. Even if you’re not sure whether a particular piece of evidence will be helpful, it is better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it.

Step 5: Talk to an Attorney

While listed as step 5, this should really be done as soon as you are able after the accident occurs. Depending on the day of the week or time of day that it happens, calling an attorney can be done at any point along this process. Attorney Timothy Starosta can go over the facts surrounding your workplace accident and provide advice on how you should proceed. If you have a lawsuit on your hands, he can help you every step of the way. If not, he can provide advice on how to avoid problems with your workers’ compensation claim. Please contact us to discuss your injury today.

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