When you have been injured at work, it can be a difficult situation to sort out. You have to balance being able to advocate for your compensation along with keeping on good terms for possible continued employment. It can be hard to know how to properly handle all the obstacles that come with a work injury. Here are a few tips on how to handle this rather difficult situation.
Get Medical Assistance
If you have been injured while at work, you need to be seen by a medical professional. This will ensure that you can be properly treated for your injury, and also provides a record of the injury. You will also want to follow up with a physician a few days later (or as per the doctor’s advice) to make sure that the treatment has been effective.
Talk to an Attorney
Before you discuss your injury further, it is wise to get the advice of a legal professional. An attorney looks out for your best interest and can adequately assess the fairness of compensation you are offered. While your employer may be friendly, they are not looking out for you. Do not sign any agreements or settlements until you have spoken to an experienced personal injury attorney. You can find an attorney by doing a search online, or asking friends or family for a referral. Schedule a few consultations and bring important paperwork with you. A consultation lasts typically about half an hour and will provide you with some insight on how that attorney would handle your case.
The biggest mistake that people make is to wait too long before addressing their injury. The longer you wait, the harder it is to receive the compensation you deserve.
If you have suffered an injury while at work, contact us at (214) 222-4000 to schedule a free consultation.