Even if you work in a relatively safe industry, it doesn’t mean you can ignore the risk of suffering a workplace injury.
For example, if you work as a receptionist, carpal tunnel syndrome could set in. Or if you work in another type of office position, you could slip and fall on your way up or down the stairs.
You get the point. There is risk in every job.
If you suffer a workplace injury, it’s critical that you understand what to do next, your legal rights and how to avoid mistakes that could cost you time and money.
These are the types of mistakes that people tend to make:
- Failure to notify their employer: If you’re injured at work, don’t wait to tell your employer what happened. Even if it’s only the basic details, as you need to obtain medical treatment, let them know.
- Failure to obtain medical treatment: Don’t assume that your injuries are too minor to visit your doctor or a local hospital. Treating your injuries at home is a mistake. Not only does it put your health at risk, but it also harms your ability to receive workers’ compensation benefits.
- Failure to understand the process: If you don’t know how the workers’ compensation process works, you’re more likely to make mistakes. Before you do anything rash, take a step back to assess your situation and consider what to do next.
- Failure to hire an attorney: You think you have an “open and shut” case, but there may be more challenges than what you see on the surface. With an attorney by your side, you don’t have to worry about making mistakes or misunderstanding what’s required of you. They’ll protect your legal rights from start to finish.
If you’re able to avoid these mistakes after a workplace injury, you’re in better position to receive workers’ compensation benefits.
Without this money, you may find it a challenge to maintain your financial well-being as you recover. Not only are you out of work, but you may find yourself faced with mounting medical bills. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to get the money you deserve.