Do's and Don'ts of Workplace Accidents
In the event of a workplace injury, taking the right steps afterward is crucial to ensuring the best possible chance of obtaining your workers’ compensation benefits. However, there are certain errors victims often make which could jeopardize their ability to file a claim. At Mardirossian & Associates, Inc., we want to help you follow the necessary procedures to help you obtain the benefits you deserve and help you make the best recovery possible from injury.
The following are the important things you should DO as soon as you suffer a work injury:
- Call for help – If you are hurt, do not move. Call for help to get up and for immediate assistance. If the injury causes severe pain or appears serious, insist on an ambulance and immediate medical care.
- Report the accident – If there is no record of the work accident having been reported, your employer will immediately cast doubt on your claim. So it is important to notify your employer immediately after your injury. Be sure an accident report is filled out and you obtain a copy. List all your injuries and issues to your manager, so they can be recorded in the accident report. Additionally, identify witnesses to the accident and get their contact information.
- Seek immediate medical assistance – Do not delay getting medical care necessary to protect your health and prevent further injuries. Not only is it important to receive treatment and understand the full extent of your injuries, but also obtain medical records that serve as crucial evidence for your claim.
- Keep records related to your case – Maintain copies of your medical records, paperwork from your employer, and any receipts for medical expenses related to your injuries. Keep a journal of your injuries to document the recovery process and how they affect your day-to-day life.
- Obtain legal representation from a lawyer – Workers’ compensation claims can be complex. There are pages and pages of rules and regulations, and injured employees are often confused, which places their benefits at risk. The biggest mistake is to attempt to handle the claim process on their own. Keep in mind, your employer and their insurance company are only looking out for their own best interest, which can leave you vulnerable to be taken advantage of. Having a lawyer on your side can ensure that your rights and best interests are always protected.
The following are things you should NOT DO in the event of a workplace accident:
- Don’t sign an admission of liability or other documents which hold you responsible for the accident – Although the pressure may be immense to sign a statement and avoid jeopardizing your job, it is wise to politely decline to sign such a document and first speak with an attorney.
- Don’t talk about your case – Avoid discussing your case with anyone outside of the necessary parties. Generally, the only people that should be informed of your case are your spouse, your attorney, and your doctor. That means you should not discuss your case with extended family and friends.
- Don’t sign any medical releases – This could provide the insurance company access to all of your personal health records.
- Do not settle your case immediately – You want to make sure that you are physically and mentally fit before settling on an amount of compensation. If you settle too early, and additional injuries surface at a later time, you could lose the chance to obtain more money.
If you require experienced legal assistance to file for workers’ compensation in Los Angeles, request a free consultation with Mardirossian & Associates, Inc. today.