Globally, there are over seven million workplace injuries every year. In 2020, the United States alone saw over 1.8 million workplace injuries.
Having a workplace accident is a terrible thing. It can lead to serious injuries, time off work, and other issues that can affect your life in big ways. However, if you follow these steps after suffering an accident at work, it will help you move on from the incident much more quickly. It will also allow you to get the justice you deserve if your workplace injury was the result of your employer’s negligence.
Take Note of Your Injuries
If you’ve suffered an injury at your workplace, the first thing to do is take note of it. As you’re still reeling from the initial shock and pain, it can be hard to think clearly about what exactly happened. However, you must try your best to record any information that might later be useful in determining whether or not your employer was negligent in their duty of care toward you.
Take note of the following:
- The date, time, and place where the accident occurred
- Who else was present when it happened (i.e., coworkers)
- What kind of equipment or machinery were involved (if any) which will help determine if there are safety hazards at the workplace
Keep Note of Where the Injury Occurred
If you’ve just suffered a work-related injury and are seeking worker’s compensation benefits, it’s important to keep track of the details. If you don’t have a good understanding of the incident that caused your injury, it will be difficult for your employer or their insurance company to determine fault.
The place where the accident took place is important for you to remember. It can be a specific location at a factory or office. It can even be a machine or machine room.
Keep Note of Anyone Else Involved
After you’ve gotten your injuries treated, you should make a note of the names and contact information of any other people involved in the accident. If you were involved with someone else at work, you both must document what happened. This is especially important if you were with a coworker who was injured as well because they could also be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
Gather Pictures or Video Footage of the Accident Site
After the accident, it’s important to gather evidence as soon as possible. Take pictures of the work site, including any equipment and tools that were involved in your injury. Also, take photos of any injuries and document them with a doctor or other medical professional. If there are witnesses available, ask them questions about what happened—this way, you’ll have a better understanding of how your employer’s negligence led to your injury.
Investigators will do their part in this. They will most likely ask for CCTV footage of the accident site and analyze that accordingly.
Get in Touch With a Personal Injury Lawyer
When it comes to workers’ compensation and personal injury claims, you need a good lawyer on your side.
One of the first things to look for in a personal injury lawyer is experience with similar cases. The more experience they have, the better they’ll know how to represent your interests. Ask them about any notable victories they’ve had in similar lawsuits or if they’ve worked on other cases involving injuries from similar causes as yours.
It’s also important to hire a lawyer who has jurisdiction to take your case. For instance, if your accident took place in St. Louis, Missouri, you need someone who can practice law in that region. Thus, you have to get in touch with a personal injury lawyer from St. Louis. They will help you gather necessary evidence and information and then present the case to the authorities as per state law.
Lawyers charge different fees for different services based on their hourly rate or contingency fee agreement (a percentage of recovered compensation). You should decide whether you want an hourly rate or contingency fee agreement before hiring your attorney. Hourly rates can be between $100 and $500. This depends on the lawyer and their experience.
Sue Your Employer for Negligence
Every year, the United States sees over 12 million lawsuits against businesses, many of which are for workplace accidents or hazardous working conditions.
If you have suffered a workplace injury, you can sue your employer for negligence (if that is the case). This can be done either directly or through workers’ compensation. The purpose of this lawsuit is to receive compensation for your injuries, pain, suffering, loss of income, and/or loss of earning capacity. Your personal injury lawyer will help you work this out.
In the case of an employer acting with negligence, the injured party can sue them for any damages incurred as a result, including medical bills, lost wages while recovering from their injuries (which could extend into retirement), physical therapy sessions, etc.
Workplace injuries are not uncommon, and they must be dealt with care. Do everything right, and you will be getting the justice and compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.
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