What To Do If You Have An Accident At Work

Personal injuries are the fourth most common cause of death in the United States, they also account for putting 30 million Americans in the hospital each and every year.  Sadly, a large majority of these injuries come from people who have had accidents in the workplace, usually through no fault of their own.

I myself had an accident 3 years ago on a building site because regulations hadn’t been followed properly by a co-worker. In that moment I was self-employed and ended up in some financial difficulty after the accident. Thankfully I took some advice and consulted Groth & Associates who were able to help me make a case against the owner of the building site, get me some justice and help me out financially with some compensation. Naturally nobody wants to think of what may happen should you have an accident in the workplace but t makes sense to be prepared, and so here is what you need to do.

Accident Book

You must fill in the accident log in your workplace at your earliest possible convenience. If you have been badly injured in the accident then you can contact your place of work and recount your version of events to them, so that they can fill in the log. Employment law states that every workplace in the country should have an accident book and this document could prove to be very important for you. When you fill it in, try to support the information with a witness account, if there were witnesses there, and try to add as much info as possible.

Check Up

Even if you feel look after your accident, make sure that you get thoroughly checked over by a medical professional, some days after the accident. Many injuries that occur during personal injuries at work, actually don’t show up until a later date, brain injuries and muscle damage for example, may not be prevalent until some days, or even a week after the incident. Once you have the prognosis from your medical professional, ensure that you have in writing what was said, and what was prescribed.

Seek Legal Help

Many people are averse to seeking legal help after they have had an accident in the workplace but it does make a lot of sense for you to at least talk with legal professionals to see what your options are. Taking legal action against you employers could very well be necessary to ensure that the same thing that happened to you, doesn’t happen again. There is also the opportunity to receive some money by way of compensation which can really help you get over any financial difficulties which the accident may have brought about. In my case for example, as someone who was self-employed, I couldn’t have survived without the support of my legal team, and the communisation which I won.

Personal injuries are common, and the fault is rarely the injured party, make sure that you know where you stand, follow these important steps and get back on your feet in no time.