What To Do If You're Injured At Work
What To Do If You’re Injured At Work
Workplace injuries are always unexpected and can therefore lead to very stressful situations. Nevertheless, if you were injured in an accident at work, you are likely entitled to workers’ compensation, as worker’s compensation insurance is required by law in nearly every state. Bellow are a few tips to remember, which can help you protect you rights, if you ever find yourself in a position where workers’ compensation may be an option.Accident Reports. It is important to file an accident report, even if you don’t think that you were injured. Sometime, you may not realize that your are injured right away, but many states have a short period of time in which an accident report must be filed in order to be eligible for workers’ compensation. Better be safe than sorry – file a report.Medical Care. See a doctor as soon as possible if you are injured while at work. If the injury is severe enough and warrants it, go to the emergency room. It is best to know the extent of your injuries and properly document them early on in the process in order to avoid any future trouble when filing a workers’ compensation claim.Reporting Injuries. When dealing with workers’ compensation, it is your employer that files the claim with their insurance company on your behalf. In order for them to do this, they have to know that you have been injured. Therefore, you should let your employer know about any work-related injury as soon as you learn about it and then you should follow up to make sure that the claim has been filed.
Yes to Coverage, No to Lawsuits.
Keep in mind that while workers’ compensation laws provide coverage for the employees, they also provide protection against lawsuits for the employer. This means that is you suffered a work-place injury you may recover for losses through the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance, but you may not sue your employer for said injury.
When dealing with workers’ compensation, you should contact a lawyer, experienced in workers’ compensation, to help you explore all your options and cover all your bases. To schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced lawyer from the Law Offices Of Eslamboly Hakim in Los Angeles County, call 800-LAW-TALK (529-8255) or contact us online.
Sharona Eslamboly Hakim, Esq. is a successful personal injury attorney and the principal of the Law Offices of Eslamboly Hakim firm in Beverly Hills, California.