What do I do after a workplace accident? | Bart Durham Injury Law

What do I do after a workplace accident?

You always want to feel safe when you're at work, but unfortunately, work accidents do happen. Do you know what to do if you're involved in an accident at work or what you could be entitled to?

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Report Your Accident as Soon as Possible

If you're involved in a workplace accident, you should always report it, whether you were injured or not. You may not realize you're injured right away and the delay of reporting an accident could affect whether you're able to receive workers compensation in the case that you do need medical care. Most states have a short window of time to report a work accident to be covered under workers compensation.

Another reason you should always report a workplace accident whether anyone was injured or not, is to let your employer know there could be more potential accidents if a safety measure is not changed. If that accident happens again, someone else may be injured.

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Document Everything Regarding Your Accident

Make sure everything is well documented with photos and/or videos. Get photos of the aftermath of the accident and any injuries sustained. You should also document everything that was said to your employer in your accident report and how they responded to your accident. If there were any witnesses to your accident, take note of those individuals. Also document all doctor's visits and what the doctor said.

See a Medical Professional

Even if you don't seem injured, it's still smart to see a doctor as soon as possible. Their may be injuries that aren't apparent from the outside. Depending on your employer's workers compensation insurance policy, you may be required to see a specific doctor. Check with your employer if you're required to see a specific doctor or if you can see your primary care physician.

If you discover that you've sustained injuries, make sure you report them right away. It is up to your employer to file a workers compensation claim on your behalf to the insurance company so they need to know you're injured as soon as possible.

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It's always best to try and prevent accidents in the workplace as much as possible. Always be on the lookout for potential hazards and report any unsafe working conditions to your supervisor immediately. This not only decreases your chances of getting injured, but your coworkers as well.

If you've been involved in a workplace accident and have further questions, please give us a call at 866-468-6603 for a free consultation.

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