Suffering injuries at work can be a devastating experience, and it’s one that leaves many people unsure of what to do next. You might not know you should call a personal injury attorney to discuss your options, or you might not want to call one if you are worried your job might be in jeopardy. There are many fine details and intricate considerations at hand when you’re injured at work, but you do have rights. If you suffer any type of injury on the job, it’s time to call a personal injury attorney to find out what you do next. This is what you need to know about work-related injuries and how to handle them.
Seek Medical Attention
If you suffer an injury at work, call the doctor immediately. Even if you don’t believe you are seriously injured, it’s always better to seek medical care. You could have internal injuries that will only get worse as they are left untreated. You need to have them diagnosed as soon as possible if they exist. Not only does this make them easier to treat, it also helps prevent them from becoming worse and more difficult to treat.
If your injuries are serious and you simply don’t realize it, having them diagnosed and treated right away helps if you are going to file a personal injury lawsuit or seek damages for the medical bills you’ll incur. Waiting to see the doctor until you suffer pain or realize something is wrong could be turned around against you in a court of law.
Report the Accident
The most important thing you’ll do following a trip to the doctor is report the accident. Most states have laws that require you report the accident at work in a very small timeframe. You have a few days to report the accident, so it’s best to seek medical attention right away. You must also follow the proper procedures and the right channels if you’re going to report an accident at work. There are legal questions you’ll need to answer, there are forms you’ll need to fill out, and there are statements you’ll need to sign.
Call an Attorney
Now that things are moving at work as a result of your accident, call a personal injury attorney. Not only does this help you understand what you are signing and if you’re being asked to do things that are legal and correct, you also have someone gathering evidence for you. You have a chance to make things go smoothly or complicate them by signing away certain rights.
For instance, if you suffer serious injuries and you opt to file paperwork to receive compensation from your employer or their insurance company in certain forms, you might be signing away your right to file a personal injury lawsuit. If your injuries get worse, you might not have enough money from the company or their insurance company to help pay the cost of your medical bills. Calling an attorney means you’re protecting yourself against yourself. You don’t know what you’re signing if you’re not in the legal business, and some forms are written in a way that doesn’t allow you to easily understand what they mean.
Let an attorney help you if you are injured at work. You might fear how it looks, but you have rights and your job cannot terminate you for deciding to use your rights. You might be entitled to damages if the injury was a direct result of negligence at work, and your attorney can help you figure out if this is the case. Let your attorney do the work for you.
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