Nobody wants to be the victim of a workplace accident. Not only can it cause you to lose your income, but it can also negatively affect your health for a long period of time. In some cases, your ability to earn income might never be the same.
Workplace injuries can be caused a number of ways. It can be poor conditions of work, unsafe work environment, or even critical equipment failures. Whatever the cause may be, you could be entitled to worker’s compensation benefits. However, it might prove complicated depending on the circumstances.
One thing that could make it difficult for you to claim worker’s comp is having no eyewitnesses or insufficient evidence to prove how you were injured. Regardless of these circumstances, it is important to hire a workers’ compensation attorney to give yourself the greatest odds of success.
Some of the known difficulties in such cases
There are a few considerations when it comes to determining how to proceed with your case. The size of the settlement, for example, should cover the direct damages caused and make up for the income you will lose in recovery. It should also cover costs from your reduced capacity to provide income for your family, should that issue arise.
However, depending on the amount of evidence you have to prove your case, there might be some challenges. To help reduce these challenges, we have created this guide to dealing with the aftermath of a workplace injury.
Here are some of the steps you should take:
1. Tell your supervisor
Whatever the nature of the injury, it is important to tell your supervisor about it. Informing your supervisor that the injury happened in the work environment sets a timeline and provides evidence that it actually did happen as you say it did. Not only that, but it requires that your employers and supervisors address the injury and that they heard your complaints. This will create a timeline of events that your supervisor will, at least, acknowledge.
2. Obtain a medical report
No matter how minor you think the injury might be, make sure to obtain a medical report. Be very specific about whatever is afflicting you while neither overplaying or underplaying what is actually happening. The more honestly you go about this part of the process, the more likely any workers’ compensation case you proceed with is to succeed.
3. Document everything
Documentation is the most important aspect of building any case and is essential to proving your claim. Make sure to submit and provide all the necessary documents at your workplace or company attaching the medical description of your injury as confirmed and signed by a physician. If possible, ask for documents that confirm that your submissions have been received.
It might also be helpful to screenshot and record any email exchanges that may result in this process.
Accidents can and will happen eventually. In the event that they do, however, it is important to be prepared and to understand how cases such as these are built. As we’ve demonstrated, it is important to provide as much evidence and documentation as possible to ensure that you deserve the compensation beyond a shadow of a doubt.
If you’re looking for a worker’s compensation lawyer to help with your workplace injury case, call us at Harrs Guidi Rosner, P.A. to schedule your free consultation. We provide legal expertise, unquestioned ethics, and unwavering commitment to our clients.