Getting injured on the job is something that you’ll hopefully never have to deal with. However, if you do find yourself with a workplace-related injury there are certain steps you need to take in order to protect yourself physically and legally. Navigating the complex world of worker’s compensation can be difficult, but if you’re smart you can end up receiving the settlement you deserve. Here are just a few things to keep in mind when dealing with a workplace injury.
Right after the accident do your best to stay calm. Don’t attempt to move (unless you are in immediate danger) because this could worsen the injuries you have already sustained. Quickly ask for help from people nearby, and always insist on calling for medical care if the situation warrants it.
Collect Contact Information from Witnesses
Do this while still on the scene of the accident, if possible—of course don’t let it interfere with you receiving medical care. Be sure to include multiple ways of contacting these witnesses (like phone numbers, addresses, and email) because they can potentially become very important in establishing what happened in your claim.
File a Report
You should file a report of the accident as soon as possible with your employer, probably through your immediate supervisor. Be sure to accurately explain each of your injuries and issues so that they can be included, and always obtain a copy of the accident report for your own records.
Seek Medical Treatment
It is of the utmost importance that your injuries are documented and treated by a workers compensation doctor. There are some instances where you can choose your own doctor but you generally have to get treated by a doctor chosen by your insurance carrier. You can elect a one time change of doctor is you are not happy with the treatment you are receiving.
If you have been injured on the job and are looking for a Tampa personal injury attorney, please contact Hunter Law. We have the experience with workplace claims that you need to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.