An accident can happen at any time and at any place. Many accidents happen while people are driving, because being behind the wheel of a moving vehicle presents certain dangers. Driving too fast, disregarding traffic signals, or driving while distracted are all too common and are the cause of countless accidents across the country each day. But not all accidents take place on the road, sometimes people are hurt when they are at home or at work. When an injury happens at work there are certain things a worker should do in order to make a claim for reimbursement.
Top tips for recovering from an on the job injury include:
- Report the accident and injury: when someone gets hurt while working the human resources department or immediate supervisor should be called right away. A proper report should be made and the worker given medical attention.
- Go to the doctor: your employer may request you see their doctor, but you are also allowed to go to your personal physician for treatment. Wherever you go, be sure to request copies of all of the records. Having records from multiple sources is not uncommon in a case involving an on the job injury, and it is important to keep all of your records separate and in order.
- Make a claim: if you have suffered a work related injury you may have options, you should consider whether you want to bring a worker’s compensation action or file a personal injury lawsuit. A qualified attorney will talk things over with you so you have the information you need to make an informed decision.
There are certain procedures that must be followed in either instance, whether you proceed under a theory of worker’s compensation or whether you proceed outside of the comp arena under a theory of negligence. In each type of case you have to provide evidence of the accident and that your injuries were caused by the incident in question. A thorough investigation into the facts is required, and then critical decisions must be made. Let us explain your options to you and help you make a choice that fits the facts of your case.
If you have been in an accident at work, call us for help. Contact the attorneys at Yetnikoff Law Offices, PLLC for answers to your questions by calling us at 800-279-6331 or visiting us online