Take These Three Steps If You’re Injured On The Job
Posted on Jun 29, 2018 in Personal Injury
Because most employers in Louisiana are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance or self-insure against workplace injuries, Louisiana workers are protected against the prospect of losing their livelihoods to a work-related injury.
However, it is not uncommon for employers or their insurers to dispute the nature, extent, or cause of an injury in an effort to minimize benefits or deny any responsibility to pay claims. Similarly, if an injured worker has a potential claim against a third-party for their injuries, those parties and their lawyers will inevitably challenge the worker’s claims at every turn.
This pushback from employers, insurers, and others makes it critical that workers hurt while on the job take immediate steps to preserve evidence and protect their rights after an accident. If you suffer a workplace injury, keep these key pieces of advice in mind:
Report Your Injury
The minute you realize you may be hurt is the minute before you should report the accident to your employer. If you don’t feel any pain or don’t become aware of your injury until later or while you are off the clock, contact any available supervisors or managers to let them know about your work-related injury. This is important because your employer may prefer for you to receive medical treatment at a particular hospital, clinic, or walk-in facility to approve workers’ compensation benefits.
Try to Resolve Disputes with Your Employer
If you are unhappy with the doctor you see for workers’ compensation purposes, or if your insurer has denied your claim, talk to your employer about the situation. While employers aren’t necessarily happy about having to pay workers’ compensation benefits, they also want to maintain a positive relationship with valued employees. If something is wrong, give your employer a chance to make it right. If they don’t, contact a workplace injury lawyer to express your concerns and get help receiving the benefits and compensation you deserve.
Take Detailed Notes and Pictures
While you don’t need to star in “CSI: Workplace Injury” after your accident, you will want to gather evidence and preserve as much information as you can about the circumstances surrounding your accident. Take pictures with your phone, take notes about when and how the accident occurred, including the task you were performing, the equipment you were using, the condition of the workplace and surrounding area, and your supervisor’s reaction and response after your injury. Also, identify any witnesses and note whether there were enough workers assigned to perform the task safely.
Bloom Legal: New Orleans Workplace Accident Lawyers
The New Orleans workplace accident attorneys at Bloom Legal know how badly people hurt on the job want to get better and get back to work. When you reach out to us for your free initial consultation, we will thoroughly evaluate the circumstances of your accident and injury to determine the full extent of available claims you may have. We will aggressively pursue any such claims to get you the compensation you deserve.
Please call the New Orleans workplace accident lawyers at Bloom Legal today at 504-636-6729 or through our contact form to arrange for your free consultation to discuss the details of your case.