A workplace accident can happen in your Homestead workplace at any time. While some industries are obviously more risky than others, serious workplace injuries can even happen in a seemingly safe office environment. No matter where you work, you may be affected by a workplace injury or illness.
When this happens, you will not only have to face the pain and suffering of a serious injury, but your ability to earn an income and pay your bills may be affected. You will need to take steps to recover fully both financially and physically. Here are some tips on how to do that:
1) Report your injury at once.
In order to file a workers’ compensation claim in Homestead or your community, you need to report the incident so your employer knows about it. As soon as the injury happens, make sure your supervisor, manager or other parties in your workplace know. Make sure your employer and the HR department are informed so your employer can file a workers’ compensation claim.
2) Seek medical help.
Even if you’re not sure whether you’re seriously injured, it’s important to speak to a doctor about the injury. You need to start the documentation process and you need a full evaluation to determine whether you have been injured and how much you have been injured.
Keep in mind that some injuries, including repetitive strain injury, may be harder to diagnose and may start out subtle before become debilitating. Always take workplace injuries seriously, even if you’re not sure how seriously you have been injured. You don’t want to be in a position where you minimize an injury only to face complications due to lack of treatment.
3) Keep careful track of your symptoms and expenses.
Whether you’re taking a cab to see a doctor or need to take a day off work, keep track of how much your injury is costing you. This will be important if you need to negotiate your claim and settlement.
Also, keep careful track of your symptoms, especially any symptoms which could prevent you from working or performing everyday duties. This can be important in helping to establish how seriously injured you are and therefore how much compensation you need to secure.
4) Talk to a workplace accident attorney.
As soon as possible after your injury, speak to a workers’ compensation attorney in Homestead or your community. A workers’ compensation attorney can help ensure you get fair compensation for your injuries, so you don’t have to worry about bills as well as your medical condition. An attorney can work to ensure your injury is properly documented and taken seriously. He or she can help you understand how much your injuries may cost you in the future and can negotiate for a fair settlement for your injuries. If your claim is denied or if you run into any problems, an attorney can ensure your rights are protected and that you get any compensation you may be entitled to.
If you’d like to speak to a workers’ compensation attorney, contact Flaxman Law Group for a free, no obligation consultation. Our attorneys have extensive experience working with plaintiffs, both in negotiations and at trial. We work with a range of consultants, investigators, and other professionals to build a strong case for you.