What to Do Following a Workplace Accident
Workplace accidents happen every single day
Workplace accidents happen every single day, whether you work in an office building or on a construction site. While it is true that many professions are more dangerous than others, the fact of the matter is that you can become injured in any setting. Accidents of any kind can be stressful, but this stress is compounded when the incident occurs at the workplace. There are numerous reasons for this, including the fact that many do not know what steps should be taken following a workplace accident.
Unfortunately, many places of business do not have their employees’ best interests in mind. And to further complicate things, Texas does not require employers to have workers’ compensation insurance coverage. Workers’ compensation is in place to protect both parties in the event of an accident, providing the injured person with compensation for lost wages and medical care. If your employer does not carry workers’ compensation insurance and you have been injured on-the-job, one of the first actions you should take is to contact a reputable personal injury lawyer. These situations can escalate quickly and become rather complicated, which is why you want to have your bases covered and a knowledgeable workplace accident lawyer by your side.
I Was Injured at Work – What’s Next?
Regardless of whether your employer carries workers’ compensation or not, there are a handful of steps you should take right away to protect yourself in the event of an accident. By acting quickly, you will have a much better chance of receiving compensation for your injuries and expenses. Of course, the first thing you should do following a workplace injury is get medical help. Once you’ve taken care of yourself, these steps are next:
- Tell your employer about the accident – This is true even if you do not believe the accident was that serious. It is common for injuries to show up days or even weeks after an accident, and if you did not inform your employer, you may be out of luck in regard to seeking compensation.
- File a work accident claim – Your employer should provide you with a work accident claim, but this is not always the case since Texas does not require workers’ compensation. If you were provided one of these forms, be sure and fill it out immediately. You have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim in Texas, but this timeline often goes much quicker than people realize. Do not procrastinate this step.
- Document the accident and your injuries – Depending on the circumstances of your accident we highly recommend keeping a job injury journal to ensure no details are missed. Write down any work-related pain, doctor visits, and anything else that has occurred as a result of the accident.
- Contact a personal injury lawyer – Workplace accident cases can be extremely complex for numerous reasons. If you are unsure what to do next or what your rights are, please contact a lawyer from Rad Law Firm today.
To learn more about Texas workers’ compensation and workplace accident laws, please schedule a free consultation with our personal injury lawyers from Rad Law Firm today.