The Moments, Hours, Days After A Workplace Injury Are Crucial
Volumes have been written about how to avoid accidents and injuries in the workplace. Unfortunately, accidents continue to happen and workers continue to suffer injuries that leave them in need of expensive medical treatment and unable to work. The workers’ compensation system exists to help workers get the treatment they need and make ends meet, but it’s important to take the right steps to make the system work for you.
The steps you take after a workplace accident can make all the difference in the outcome for your workers’ compensation claim. At Diefer Law Group, P.C., our goal is to make sure you get the maximum workers’ compensation and disability benefits so you can focus on your recovery without undue financial stress.
What To Do Immediately After An Accident
If your injury is obvious, such as a laceration, fractured bone or a burn, seek medical treatment immediately. Your health is the number one priority.
Many injuries are not readily apparent and can go without showing symptoms for days, weeks, and months. That’s why it’s so important to create a record of your injury that can be referred back to in the event medical treatment and/or a workers’ compensation claim becomes necessary down the road.
The first step in creating a record of your injury is notifying your employer of the accident. Most often this will mean telling your immediate supervisor so they can create an incident report. Once you’ve reported your injury it’s a good idea to get checked out by a doctor even if you don’t feel hurt. A doctor can check for signs of “silent” injuries such as internal bleeding.
What To Do Next
Being on the hook for your medical bills, lost earnings, and disability benefits is not very appealing to your employer and their workers’ compensation insurance provider. They will do everything they can to limit what they pay and leave you holding the bag after suffering a workplace injury. On top of their obstruction, the workers’ compensation system is already complex and confusing. Put those factors together and it’s not surprising that most people are unable to get what they deserve without help.
We’re here to help. Contact us today to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation with a proven workers’ compensation attorney from our firm. We are proud to represent the interests of workers throughout Southern California.