It’s something you probably don’t think about very often, if at all. But it is something that is important and needs to be addressed when it does happen. We are talking about what you should do if you happen to hurt yourself while you are at work. When you are the victim of a job-related injury, the first thing you need to do is seek immediate medical attention. Then, you need to do the things below.
Call Your Workmen’s Compensation Layer in Charleston
One of the first things you will want to do is to call Maroney, Williams, Weaver and Pancake. Our firm has been in existence for over 40 years and we have helped thousands of hard-working clients seek compensation for their work-related injuries.
You can choose to go at it alone, but this is never a good idea. Worker’s compensation laws are complicated and there is a lot of difficult paperwork that needs to be filled out on schedule or you could lose your claim. You need the help of professionals who know the laws, are familiar with the procedures and can do it all before deadlines.
Report the Injury
Regardless the type of injury, traumatic, cumulative-trauma, disease or hearing loss, it needs to be reported. You should report the injury to your supervisor in writing as soon as possible. You will also want to make sure that your supervisor fills out a company accident report. When you get a copy of the accident report, keep in in a safe and secure place.
There are many steps in a worker’s compensation case and you will be asked to tell your injury story more than once. By being honest from the beginning about how and where you were injured, your story will be consistent. Inconsistencies in a work-related injury story can hurt your case.
Do What Your Doctor Says
Your health is more important than anything. If you are hurt on the job, you might think you will get in trouble so you don;t seek medical attention for a minor injury. But that should not be the case. If you are hurt, get the medical attention you need right away. Just because an injury may seem minor, only a physician knows for sure.
After you see your doctor, make sure you follow his directions. If you are told not to work, then don’t work. If you are told to take medications, then you should.
Take a Lot of Notes
Your memory cannot always be trusted so you should write down everything that happens. You should write down exactly what happened that caused the injury in the first place, where it happened and who was there at the time of the injury. Keep track of your interactions with your employer, your doctor and anybody else involved with the situation. It is important that you keep a reliable record than just by memory.
If you have been hurt at work, you will want an attorney you can trust. Contact Maroney, Williams, Weaver and Pancake for more information.