According to a study conducted by Gettysburg College, the average employed individual will spend about 90,000 hours at work throughout a lifetime. This means that a large portion of our day is spent at work, and the last thing anyone expects is to be injured. Safety is not only a top priority and responsibility for employers, but it should also hold the same importance for employees.
Workers’ compensation is a complicated process, and unfortunately, things can go wrong when an injured worker is unsure of how to address the effects of their disability. Below are some helpful tips to keep in mind when you get hurt at work. Following the ABCs can simplify the course of action for you and reduce the risk of errors during this difficult time.
Workplace accidents impact organizations every day. Although we cannot predict when an injury at work will occur, collectively, employees can make a difference in ensuring workplace safety and individual accountability. There are not enough resources to “police” workplace safety. When there is an injury in the workplace, immediate action is needed to ensure a fair and just response.
Report the accident immediately after the injury by informing your supervisor and filling out the necessary documents to open a workers’ compensation claim. An employee should stay informed with any new details associated with their compensation claim.
Be sure to document
The top two mistakes that injured workers make are not reporting the incident immediately after it occurs and not filing the necessary paperwork with their employers. Following your employer’s policies for reporting and responding to onsite accidents is crucial in receiving benefits and starting the process correctly. If your employer does not have an established workers’ compensation protocol, be sure to submit a written document stating accurate information of the injury to your supervisor and human resources department.
To learn in detail of the appropriate steps to take with workers’ compensation, visit Workers Comp 101.
Connors & Ferris
Workers’ compensation can be a frustrating and complicated process. There is no disadvantage to hiring an attorney sooner rather than later. Most importantly, there is a real benefit to hiring a knowledgeable law firm experienced in handling workers’ compensation cases. At Connors & Ferris, we fight for injured workers because our team believes that injured workers deserve the best representation possible. Our experienced staff and attorneys will help you navigate through these difficult times and as a result, minimize the related stress for you and your family.
Our firm, founded in 2001, follows the golden rule of treating others as you would want to be treated. With offices in Rochester, Buffalo, and New York City, the team at Connors & Ferris is unmatched in its dedication to helping injured workers. As a leading firm in representing injured workers throughout New York State, Connors & Ferris maintains a strong tradition of applying its expertise to improve the lives of injured workers and their families.
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