Injuries can happen on the job even in the safest working environments. When you are injured on the job, you may be entitled to compensation. In order to protect your rights, you need to make sure you take the right steps after you have been injured.
Here are a few things you should do when you've been injured on the job:
Get Medical Treatment Right Away
Even if you feel that your injuries are minor, you should seek medical treatment right away if you have experienced an accident at work. Some injuries that appear minor at first could become very serious. For example, internal bleeding or concussion may not be obvious right away, but if left untreated, they could lead to serious injury and even death.
Get first-aid care on the scene as needed then go see a health-care provider to evaluate your injuries.
Notify Your Employer
You should notify your employer as soon as possible about your accident or injury. If you are not incapacitated, you should tell your employer immediately after the accident has happened. Later, you can file an official report for the incident, detailing what happened.
Document What Happened
As soon as you are able to, document what happened. File your report and take notes about the details of the incident. Take pictures if possible. Provide the names of witnesses. Include any other evidence that may be available, such as broken machine parts that may have caused a malfunction, and so on.
Whatever documentation and evidence you can provide may make it easier to settle your case if your claim is disputed.
As time goes on and you continue to get medical care and have further discussions with your employer about the incident, be sure to keep records. Keep documents showing your doctor's visits and medical bills. Keep a log of when you meet with your employer or legal representatives to discuss your case.
The records you keep can also help you to settle your case should legal action be required.
Get Proper Ongoing Medical Care
Once you get medical treatment, be sure to see a doctor for a follow-up visit and to continue keeping all recommended appointments. If you require ongoing medical care, be sure that you keep all your appointments and that you follow your doctor's directions for care.
Failure to get proper medical care or to follow your doctor's orders could damage any potential claim you have against your employer's insurance company for your injuries.
Consult with an Attorney
Of course, an experienced workers' compensation attorney can offer you advice about your case and the actions you can take to potentially improve your outcome. What you don't know can hurt you in a legal case, and a qualified attorney can offer you guidance about what to do to protect your rights.
Consult with a workers' compensation attorney as soon as you can after you have been injured - even before you meet with your employer, if possible.
North Carolina Workers' Compensation Lawyers
If you have been injured on the job, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078 to find out if one of our North Carolina workers' compensation lawyers may be able to help you!