Unfortunately, accidents happen in the workplace all the time, and workers need to know what to do. Circumstances are not always predictable, and employers are not always responsible. The following are the best steps to take after an injury:
Report your injury immediately. It is essential that you know the deadline for reporting an injury to your employer or supervisor. Even minor accidents should be reported because they may worsen over time. Keep a copy of the report and know that you should not have to fear the loss of your job or discriminatory treatment because you reported an injury. It is also important to note that the timeframe for reporting may differ if you are reporting an occupational illness rather than an injury.
Report all injuries. In other words, do not just report the more serious injury. Secondary injuries may worsen over time and reporting them later may call your credibility into question. It is important to also report any symptoms you may be experiencing, even if you do not know for sure that they are connected to your injury. Only a doctor can make that determination.
Disclose previous injuries. If you have a previous history of being injured on the job, it is important to include it in your report, even if you are disclosing a condition that has nothing to do with a current injury. You could be accused of fraud if you do not report a pre-existing condition.
Ask for clarification. Before you visit a doctor, compose a list of any questions you may have. Ask for a clear explanation of your diagnosis, treatment plan, or anything else that may be confusing. You will also need to clarify your work status. Your doctor may describe your status as no work, work with restrictions, or light duty. If your doctor tells you that you can return to work, regardless of your status, your employer is obligated by Workers’ Compensation regulations to find you a suitable position.
Return to work when you can. If you do not return to work when you are able, or you refuse to accept a position that was offered to you, it can be considered a voluntary loss of income. You could be terminated because of your refusal to work. However, if the position you are offered pays less than 80 percent of your former wage, you are entitled to wage-loss benefits.
Call an attorney. Handling a complicated Workers’ Compensation claim on your own is highly discouraged. Both your employer and their insurance company will be represented, which could leave you at a serious disadvantage. There may be loopholes you may not recognize, and a knowledgeable attorney can protect your rights.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers of Gross & Kenny, LLP Fight for Victims Involved in Workplace AccidentsIf you have been injured on the job, please call a Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyer of Gross & Kenny, LLP at 215-512-1500. You can also complete our online form for a free consultation. We offer compassionate guidance and powerful representation to obtain the financial compensation you deserve. Our office is centrally located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.