Getting hurt on the job is a distressing experience. It’s crucial to take the necessary steps to protect yourself and ensure you receive the compensation and support you deserve.
Here are five critically important steps to take if you’re ever injured at work.
1. Report the Injury
Report the incident to your supervisor or employer as soon as you realize you've been injured.
Provide your employer a detailed account of the incident, including the date, time, location, and any witnesses present. This will help establish a clear timeline and ensures your employer is aware of the situation.
2. Seek Medical Attention
Request immediate medical attention for your injury from your employer, even if it seems minor at first. Your employer may have designated healthcare providers you should visit initially.
Be sure to attend all appointments and follow all medical instructions. Keep records of all medical documentation, bills, and receipts. These records can be crucial in supporting your workers' compensation claim.
3. Document the Incident and Preserve Evidence
Collecting evidence is vital to substantiate your workers’ compensation claim. Document the details of the incident, including any contributing factors or hazards that may have led to your injury.
Take photographs of the accident scene, your injuries, and any relevant safety hazards. Document witnesses who saw the incident or can testify as to unsafe conditions. Preserve any relevant documents, such as accident reports, emails, or safety regulations, that could support your case.
This evidence can play a crucial role in establishing liability and demonstrating the cause and extent of your injury.
4. Consult with a Workers' Compensation Attorney
The workers' compensation process can be quite complex. Seeking guidance from an experienced workers' compensation attorney is highly recommended.
An attorney can help you understand your rights, ensure your claim is properly filed, and provide representation in case of disputes or appeals. They will guide you through the process, protect your interests, and help maximize compensation for your injury and associated losses.
5. File a Workers' Compensation Claim
There are specific time limits for when you must file your formal workers’ compensation claim with the Division of Workers’ Compensation. Statute of limitations apply. An attorney can make sure the claim is filed properly and on time. Consult with an attorney as soon as possible after you injury to help avoid issues with missing the time period in which to file a claim.
Experiencing a work-related injury can be overwhelming. Following these essential steps can ensure your rights are protected and increase the likelihood of receiving the compensation and support you deserve.
At the Law Firm of Webster & Carlton, our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys will help you understand your rights and options under Missouri's workers' compensation laws. We can provide the legal representation you need to get the benefits to which you are entitled.
Contact our Missouri workers’ compensation attorneys today for a no-obligation consultation to discuss your situation and how we can help you.