There were almost three million workplace accidents across the country in 2019. Each of those with varying circumstances and outcomes but each caused distress and injury to the victim.
After an accident, there’s so much that needs to be done but it’s also difficult to remember in the moment what’s most important.
We’ve compiled a list of the top three things you need to do immediately following an accident at work to have the best outcome you can, including the compensation as you move forward.
Get Immediate Help
First things first, you have to get the help you need in regards to your work injury. That will mean different things depending on the severity of your industry and the exact cause of the accident. But if you need medical attention, that should be first on your list.
You also need to make sure that the cause of the accident is taken care of as well. It would be terrible for the machinery to keep going or the area to still be dangerous and have someone else get injured as well. This also doesn’t have to be done by you, but you can help make sure everyone around you knows what happened to take the necessary steps.
Make an Official Report
After you ensure that you and the people around you are safe and you’ve received the help you need, it’s important to document exactly what happened. In this scenario, the more detail the better.
Your company will have its own policy, so follow their procedures and guidelines. But always make sure to report to the proper channels and keep copies of everything you submit for yourself. Take pictures of your injuries, the scene, and anything else involved in the accident.
Documentation and official reports are key to getting the work injury compensation you deserve.
File a Claim
In the days following your accident at work, you’ll want to file an official insurance claim and possibly another type of claim depending on the specific accident.
While filing an insurance claim should be straightforward and get you the compensation you deserve, it isn’t always that simple. Occasionally, you’ll need an attorney to help you fight to get that money you deserve. They can help you work with your insurance, your company, or their insurance company.
An attorney will make a claim on your behalf and do all of the legwork to make your case successful.
Steps After an Accident at Work
An accident at work is never something that you want to have happen to you or anyone you work with. They disrupt the daily routine and can have a significant impact on productivity in the workplace. But, unfortunately, they are a part of life and are bound to happen at some point.
It’s important to have a good base of knowledge to know where to start and what to do immediately following the accident to be able to recover properly.
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