Four Things to Do After a Work-Related Accident

On-the-job accidents can significantly disrupt your life. Whether you work in an office building or a construction site, you should know that you have rights if you are injured at work.

In many situations, compensation is available to workers who are injured on the job. Workers' compensation is typically paid for by your employer's insurance company and can cover at least some of your medical expenses and lost wages related to the accident.

To give yourself the best chance at receiving compensation, it is important to follow these steps after a work-related injury:

1. Report the Accident

After an accident happens at work, report it to your boss or human resources representative. Even if you are not sure that you have been injured, reporting the incident ensures it is recorded.

2. Seek Medical Attention

You should always see a doctor after a workplace accident. If you were not seriously injured, ask your employer if there is a certain doctor you should see whose care is covered by their insurance policy. Seeking medical attention immediately after an accident helps establish medical records that will be important for your workers' compensation claim.

3. Tell Your Employer You Were Injured

If it was obvious that you were injured at the time of the accident, you may have already done this. However, if it was not clear that you were hurt at the time of the accident and have since confirmed with your doctor that you did sustain an injury, it is important to inform your employer so it can file a claim on your behalf.

4. Work with an Attorney

Having a lawyer on your side can be invaluable. Unfortunately, your employer and its insurance company are not always focused on your best interests after an accident. They may try to get you to settle for less compensation than you deserve, or deny your claim altogether.

At Sutton Milam & Fanning, PLLC, we are passionate about helping personal injury victims secure the compensation they deserve. We can guide you through the process of seeking workers' compensation and ensure you are getting a fair outcome.

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Call our office in Waco at 254-633-3048 to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. You may also get in touch with us online. We provide comprehensive legal guidance for accident victims in McLennan County and the neighboring areas of Texas.