The 3 Steps You Should Take After a Workplace Accident
Workplace accidents can happen at any job in any industry, but unfortunately, there are certain jobs at higher risk. If you work in a field that consists of more manual labor then you are more likely to suffer an injury from a workplace accident. A workplace accident is any event that leads to an employee’s injury and/or damage to the worker’s equipment. Fields such as agriculture, manufacturing, truck driving, maintenance, working in a warehouse, day laborers, and working at a factory are all jobs where there are higher percentages of workplace accidents occurring.
If you’ve been in a workplace accident, it is important to talk to an experienced, bilingual attorney who can help you through your workplace accident. We’ll represent your case so you can get the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve. Give our Atlanta or Phoenix office a call to learn more about how our team of workers’ comp lawyers can help you.
What to Do After a Workplace Accident
If you have been injured as a result of an accident at work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation. Below are three important steps you should take to ensure you are eligible to receive those workers’ compensation benefits.
See a Doctor Right Away
If you’ve been injured during a workplace accident, it is important that you visit a doctor right away. This is important, first of all, because you should seek any medical treatment you may need in order to heal properly, especially if your injury is severe enough to need surgery or other serious treatment. But seeing a doctor after your injury is also extremely important for your workers’ comp case.
When you see a doctor after a workplace accident, your injury is documented by a medical professional which provides more reliable evidence in court than just your verbal confirmation that you were injured. Your doctor is able to document the circumstances of your injury as well as any additional treatment you may need for your injury.
Report Your Workplace Accident to Your Employer
After you seek initial medical advice for your injury, your next step should be to talk to your employer. In order to be eligible for workers’ comp benefits, your employer needs to file a workers’ comp case regarding your workplace accident, and they cannot do this if you do not inform them of your injury/accident.
Even if you are unsure if you are physically hurt, you should still talk to your employer about the accident in case any injury arises later. There are deadlines for how quickly an accident report can be filed, so it is important to talk to your employer sooner rather than later to ensure you qualify for a workers’ comp case.
Talk to an Experienced Workers’ Comp Attorney
After you talk to your employer and get any injuries assessed by medical professionals, you should talk to a workers’ comp attorney who has experience in workers’ compensation cases, specifically in your state.
By working with an attorney who has experience fighting for workers like you, your chances of receiving the maximum amount of benefits increases greatly. Working with a workers’ comp attorney also takes the stress off your shoulders so you can focus on recovering from your workplace accident.
Contact Cruz & Associates in Atlanta or Phoenix Today
If you or a loved one have recently experienced a workplace accident, you need to talk to an attorney you can trust. Cruz & Associates brings over 30 years of experience fighting and winning workers’ comp cases just like yours. So give us a call today to find out more about how we can help you receive the benefits you deserve.