02 Jul 4 Things to Do If You Have Been Injured on the Job
Workplace injuries can be an emotionally and physically damaging experience. On one hand, you have the physical pain and trauma to cope with. On the other, you have a host of concerns about the future. How will you earn enough to support your family? How will your employer react? And how can you ensure that your rights as an employee are protected?
With years of experience representing workers who have been injured on the job, we understand what you are going through. To help you take control of this situation, we have provided these tips to protect your rights after a workplace injury.
1. Seek Immediate Medical Attention
There were more than 47,000 recordable workplace injuries in South Carolina in 2013. There are likely many more injuries happening that are being misreported or not reported at all. If you have been injured on the job, don’t allow yourself to be intimidated or persuaded that any injury is too minor. Seek immediate medical help and give medical personnel a full truthful account of what occurred. This will form an essential piece of your medical record should you pursue compensation later.
2. File all Workplace Injury Reports
Similarly, it is important to file all appropriate workplace injury reports with your employer. Take care to ensure that you are presenting what happened accurately. It is a good idea to avoid any coaching on forms from HR personnel or other management, as their instinct may be to downplay the incident and thus ensure that you are not entitled to fair compensation later.
3. Don’t Agree to Anything Before Talking to an Attorney
In some cases, employers will attempt to play on an employee’s ignorance of the law after a workplace injury. They may attempt to persuade you to use your own insurance to pay for medical expenses, or to offer you special bonuses in return for avoiding a workers’ compensation claim. In both cases, it is important to remember that your interests after a workplace injury do not align with your employer’s. Before agreeing to anything, be sure to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer about your case.
4. Know and Understand Your Rights
Unfortunately, many employees do not know their rights after an injury, leaving themselves open to manipulation. If you have been injured on the job, you can, by law, seek medical treatment, file a claim for your injury, seek compensation, and appeal any denials of compensation. You also have the right to seek legal representation. By knowing and applying these rights, you are protecting your ability to obtain fair treatment and compensation for your on-the-job injuries.
Call an Experienced Civil Litigation and Social Security Disability Attorney
At Klok Law Firm LLC, we help people in Mount Pleasant and Charleston obtain the compensation they need to support themselves and their families after an injury. To speak with one of our experienced attorneys about your case, call us today at 843-216-8860 or contact us online.