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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Top 5 Things To Do Following a Workplace Accident

Few people wake up thinking that they will be seriously injured at work that day. Unfortunately, workplace injuries happen everyday. Getting injured at work can be devastating to your livelihood, especially if the situation is not handled correctly. If you have sustained a workplace injury in the past, you probably know that talking to a workplace injuries lawyer is one of the best things you can do for yourself and you family.

Handling a Workplace Injury

In 2016, over 77,000 Texans filed workers’ compensation claims as a result of being injured at work. While workers’ compensation claims have fallen dramatically over the past year in Texas, if you are one of the unlucky ones injured at work, you need to take some important steps to protect your rights. Here are the top 5 things you must do to protect yourself after an on-the-job injury:

Report your injury – the single biggest mistake that injured employees make is failing to report an injury they did not believe was serious, or waited too long to report the injury. Many employers have strict deadlines to report work-related injuries and if you do not report within that period, you may lose your ability to file a claim.
Seek medical care – regardless of the severity of the injury, you should see a doctor as soon as possible to assess the extent of the injury. In many cases, seemingly small injuries can manifest days, weeks, or months later. You have the right to see the doctor of your choice, although your employer may ask that you see an employer-chosen doctor for another opinion.
Talk to witnesses – in many cases, it is likely that other co-workers saw the accident happen. Be sure to get statements from these co-workers about what they saw. Sometimes, things happen so quickly, you don’t know what the whole story is.
Secure video or other evidence – this is especially true if no one was around to witness the accident. While it is not necessary to prove negligence in a workers’ compensation case, there may be other responsible parties that could be liable for your injuries, such as in the case of manufacturer defects. Additionally, there are certain circumstances in which a personal injury claim may be brought against third parties.
File a workers comp claim – talking to an experienced workers’ compensation attorney can help you navigate the complex paperwork and processes involved in workers compensation claims. You have the right to be compensation for your injuries, which is why the workers’ compensation process was put into existence.

Talk To An Attorney

If you or a loved one has been injured in a workplace accident, you do not have to navigate this process alone.  Contact a Texas workers’ compensation lawyer for guidance on how to protect your rights.


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