WORKPLACE INJURY CLAIM STEPS
1. First things first. Right after your injury, get checked out by a qualified medical professional. Never assume that the accident wasn’t severe enough to cause serious harm. What may seem like a minor blow to the head could be a concussion. A cut or scratch could lead to a deadly infection, or a bruise could reflect internal hemorrhaging. Sometimes even broken bones don’t become obvious to the injured party until well after the incident. So take care of your health first. Then you’ll be in better shape to evaluate your options.
2. Notify your employer as soon as possible after the accident. This is important, in case your company or the workmen’s compensation board disputes what actually happened. The sooner after your injury you start the workplace injury claim process, the more likely you are to get the compensation you deserve.
3. Never settle with the company before speaking with a legal representative first. Sadly, some employers are more concerned with protecting themselves than with doing right by their employees. So before you sign anything, talk to an attorney who specializes in workplace injury claim cases.
4. Don’t get discouraged if things don’t go your way at first. Many claims have to go through the appeals process before the injured party gets what they deserve. This is one area in which a lawyer can make the workplace injury claim process less painful, by encouraging you when things look hopeless.