Accidents in the Workplace – How to Protect Yourself After the Accident

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People tend to get a false sense of security that they will always be safe at work. But each year there are many people who fall victim to accidents at their workplace. Many of these accidents should never have taken place and are directly the fault of someone else’s negligence.  Most people believe that if an accident occurs at work the only legal claim they can make is within the workman’s compensation system. That is not true.

Often work site injuries occur at a construction site and are caused by a sub contractor of the general contractor or the owner of the property.  This type of accident is not limited to the workman’s compensation legal system. If a contractor other than your employer causes the accident, you can bring a claim with that contractor’s insurance company.

Even though there are a number of public agencies and regulations available to try to insure your health, accidents do happen – especially when there are people around.

It is your employer’s duty to provide as much of a risk free environment as possible, but again, even the most attentive employer, with all the risk management policies and practices available, cannot ensure your safety all the time.

If you become injured at work, first notify someone immediately and get yourself or have someone to take you to a doctor or emergency room. Be sure you know in advance where your nearest, authorized medical treatment facility is.

Once you are out of immediate danger, be sure to notify your direct supervisor, or whomever you are supposed to report to.

Whether or not you believe the accident was caused by someone’s negligence or not, it would be a good idea to speak with a personal injury lawyer. When selecting a personal injury attorney be sure it is someone who actually specializes in person injury cases. Some attorneys try to be all things to all people – remember the old saying, “jack of all trades, master of none.” Personal injury is a highly specialized field, and your case deserves to be handled by a lawyer with the right experience.  The personal injury attorney’s reputation  and credibility within the legal community and within the insurance community is very important to obtaining a fair and satisfactory settlement of your claim.

Once you have found a competent personal injury attorney, tell the attorney everything that happened to you and he or she will tell you whether or not they believe you have a justifiable case or not, and how to proceed with your personal injury claim.

It is important that you speak with an attorney before you speak with any counsel representing your employer, so that your attorney can  give you the proper advice to help you to know what to say and to avoid saying something that could jeopardize your case.

You should understand that if you were the victim of an accident at work, you may be entitled to compensation. There are laws to protect you and you have every right to pursue a claim if you have been physically or emotionally injured in the workplace. 

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