Did you know that workplace accidents resulting in injuries are fairly common occurrences? From minor cuts and burns to severe trauma and long-term disability, there are several types of injuries that can occur at work. No matter how severe or minor your injury, if you were in a work accident, then you have a right to be fairly compensated for your injuries.
Follow These Important Steps if You Have Been Injured at Work
The first step that you should take is to report the work-related injury to your employer and contact your work injury attorney. Next, your employer will need to fill out a claim form. Your employer will then need to file a claim. It is important to note that in the majority of workers compensation cases, time is of the essence. In other words, you only have a short amount of time to file your claim after you have been in a work accident.
In addition to the above steps, it is important that you keep thorough files regarding your work accident. These files should include the following types of information:
- Detailed notes about the accident. Records of what happened before, during, and after the work accident.
- Gather witness reports and take any necessary photos. If applicable, ask to see the safety logs for the machinery or products that you were using during the accident.
- Medical bills and documentation from your doctors regarding the extent of your personal injury.
- A written log (and if applicable a voice log) of the conversations with your work injury attorney, insurance adjuster, doctor, and witnesses.
If you want to successfully file a workers compensation claim, then you must keep all evidence of your personal injury. In this vein, it is important to note that workers compensation laws are designed to protect both workers and employers. The good news is that the Todd R. Durham Law Firm is here to help you navigate these tricky waters.
In layman’s terms, workers compensation operates as a no-fault system, which means that negligence on the part of you (the employee) or the employer is a non-factor. However, if your work-related injury was due to a defective piece of machinery or product, then you might be able to file a third-party claim. To further determine the right course of legal action, we invite you to schedule a free consultation with a member of our trusted legal team today.
Know Your Workers Compensation Rights
At the Todd R. Durham Law Office, we are proud to help our clients successfully file workers compensation claims. If you have been injured at work, then you are entitled to fair compensation. To better understand the complexities of your case, we invite you to contact a member of our team today. Simply fill out our online request form or call us at (214) 222-4000. We look forward to providing the legal support that you need after suffering a personal injury due to a work-related accident.