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Have you been involved in a Workplace Accident?

Workplace accidents can be costly no matter how minor they may be. When safety procedures are not followed and accidents occur, the financial impact to your organization can be staggering. Workplace accidents are generally classified as either employee or customer.

Some of the consequences of employee accidents include:

  • Personal hardships [pain and suffering]
  • Loss of work
  • Reduced productivity
  • Poor employee morale
  • Increased unnecessary costs to the organization [medical expenses, increased worker’s compensations, and increased insurance premiums]

Accidents in the workplace can happen at any time and often lead to serious injuries. If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident at work, it is essential to know what to do. This guide will provide you with information on how to handle yourself after an accident at work, as well as what steps to take if you suffer an injury. Knowing the right steps after a workplace accident can help ensure that you receive the necessary medical attention and make a successful workers’ compensation claim. 

Remain Calm

It would be best if you did not panic after an accident at work. The first step you should take is to assess any danger present, such as a fire or chemical spill, and then seek safety. After the scene has been secured, and it is safe to do so, you can look into ways to help yourself or anyone else who has been involved in the incident. Do not move any injured parties unless they risk further harm. If you must move an injured party, then make sure that you use extreme caution with their head and neck area.

Call 911

Many people think they can handle the situation independently, but this is not always the case. There are many reasons why you should call 911 after an accident. Calling 911 will get you the medical attention you need. It will allow the authorities to document the accident and create a report, which can be valuable when you file a claim with your insurance company.

Obtain medical attention if necessary

Those with severe injuries are often taken directly from the workplace by ambulance for further care. Even those with seemingly minor wounds should visit a doctor, as they could have a more severe condition that they are unaware of. It is also essential to see a doctor if you or anyone else has suffered some form of trauma, as it can be challenging to determine the full extent of the problem on your own.

After receiving treatment for your workplace injury, be sure to get a copy of your medical records, whether from a doctor or from the hospital itself. Keeping these records safe or seeking an electronic copy online is essential. You may want proof of any preexisting conditions discussed at appointments with your primary care physician.

Seek Legal Assistance from an Experience Attorney/Lawyer

Everyone deserves a safe working environment. According to the folks at Work Injury Rights,  if you have been injured in the workplace due to the negligence of another person or employer, you have the right to receive compensation. Workers’ compensation is meant to ensure that employees receive benefits related to their injuries, medical expenses incurred due to those injuries, and lost wages if they cannot work. Knowing how to file a claim can help ensure that your rights are protected. An experienced lawyer like Roxell Richards can help you file a claim and provide guidance throughout the entire process. If you have been involved or someone you know in a workplace accident, give us a call for a free consultation.