Each year, approximately three million work-related injuries are reported by private industry employers. The claims often include amputations, heart attacks or strokes, disfigurement or scarring, eye injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, occupational diseases, and head, neck, or back injuries. Although employers require taking specific safety precautions into practice while working, there are a few steps to take if you become injured on the job.
Contact Your Supervisor
The first step that must you take after getting injured on the job is to contact your supervisor to alert them of the incident. This will make it easier to process the claim that you’ll have to file and classify the injury as work-related. You’ll be asked if you alerted your employer of the injury, which will prove that it occurred while you were working.
File a Claim
After receiving medical attention and leaving the workplace after the injury occurred, it’s important to immediately file a claim with the WSIB. Your boss may also file a Form 7 claim if you received medical attention or have lost wages from the days following the incident.
Hire an Attorney
To protect yourself and your rights, it’s important to hire an attorney who can properly handle your claim. Contact a Coral Springs Workers Compensation attorney to determine the value of the claim and make for a timely process that ensures that you’re compensated for lost wages and medical expenses. The lawyer will also be able to determine if a trial is necessary or if you should instead pursue a lump sum from the employer.
Follow the Doctor’s Instructions
A work-related injury needs to be handled differently than other injuries that you may have suffered from in the past. Perform each step that your physician suggests that you take to recover and heal properly. If you fail to follow the doctor’s instructions on how to care for the injury, it can complicate how the claim is processed by the insurance company and even cause it to become denied.
If you or someone you know have been injured in a work-related accident, contact our firm at 866-478-3968. You’ll be able to discuss the incident with a Coral Springs Workers Compensation Injury lawyer and work closely with Evan Ostfeld and his law firm to ensure that your rights are protected and that you’re properly compensated for the distress and cost involved.