• May
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    Posted by: Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr

    What to do if You’re Involved in a Workplace Accident

    Workers’ Compensation

    There is no such thing as a workplace without risk. Though some jobs are more dangerous than others, even the executive in a corner office can trip over an open filing cabinet or fall on a wet floor in the ladies’ room.  Knowing what to do if you’re involved in a workplace accident is the first step to making sure that you get the workers’ compensation benefits that you deserve and need. Below you will find the simple steps that everybody needs to follow.

    The very first thing that anybody who has been involved in a workplace accident – or any kind of accident – has to do is to get the medical help that they need. Do not delay getting medical attention in an emergency out of fear for needing to follow some kind of bureaucratic step. Your health is always what is most important. If, however, the situation is not an emergency, you need to make sure that you seek help and all diagnostic services from a health care provider authorized by your employer’s workers’ compensation program. Your company is required to provide you with the information about who these health care providers are, and it is important that you use those professionals to make sure that your company’s workers’ compensation program will reimburse you for any expenses related to your injury.

    Workers’ compensation is there to ensure that those who suffer a workplace accident are provided with the medical treatment that they need, without having to file a lawsuit against their employer. Employees are required to notify their supervisor about their injury, including how it occurred, where, and when. This notification should be provided as soon as possible – otherwise, you might lose your right to benefits. Every company has its own rules about how quickly you need to report an injury, but the longer you wait, the greater the chance that your employer might try to push back against your claim and say that your injury was not the result of a workplace accident.

    If you do find that your employer or their insurance company denies your claim, you can file an appeal with the workers’ compensation claim board. This can be a complex process. To ensure that you get the benefits that you deserve, contact our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys today to set up an appointment.

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