Accidents happen at work all the time, and we have seen people injured in all types of workplaces, from industrial sites to office jobs. You may be wondering what you should do now if you have been injured at work. Please keep reading to learn more about the steps you should take following your work accident.
We encourage you to reach out to our Queens injury lawyers right away to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case and what you may be entitled to in terms of compensation. We would be glad to take your call.
Common Workplace Injuries
Slipping and falling are one of the most common ways to get injured at work. This can happen for many reasons, including tripping hazards, poor lighting, messy workspaces, icy weather, etc.
Heavy machinery accidents also cause a massive amount of work injuries. This is often seen in agriculture and construction.
Jobs involving vehicles often have a high number of work injuries. Injuries can include falling from a vehicle, being hit by a vehicle, or getting crushed under a vehicle.
Fires and explosions account for a lot of workplace injuries, and these types of accidents usually have the highest number of casualties.
Overuse injuries affect tens of millions of workers every year. Making repetitive motions all the time and frequently overexerting yourself can result in injuries.
Steps to Take After You’re Injured at Work
You should follow the following steps if you have been injured at work. If you have questions about handling your work injury claim, our Queens lawyers would be glad to help you. Please give us a call right away if you have any questions.
Get Medical Care
Anyone who has been injured at work is urged to get medical care as soon as possible. You should not delay seeing a doctor for any reason. The only step to take before heading to the ER or urgent care would be to tell your employer about how and where the accident occurred. After that, you should rush to get seen by a doctor.
Once you file for workers’ compensation, you need to be seen by a doctor who is certified to treat injured workers. Your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier will likely provide you with a list of doctors that the policy covers.
Report Your Accident
As mentioned, you should tell your employer right away that you were hurt at work, and they will have to file an accident report. While you can verbally report your accident to them within minutes of the accident, you need to provide them with a written notice within 30 days of your accident.
In New York State, your employer must carry workers’ compensation in case someone is injured at work. They can get into serious trouble if they do not carry this insurance.
Your employer needs to notify their insurance carrier within ten days of the incident unless it was a minor injury.
A minor injury is classified as requiring two or fewer treatments that are mainly first aid, and the worker misses a day or less of work. That could be a minor cut that didn’t keep them out of work.
Your Free Consultation with Our Queens Injury Lawyers
You deserve compensation after you have been injured at work. If you are having trouble getting the coverage that you are entitled to, please do not wait to reach out to us right away. We have been handling work injury cases for decades and would be glad to provide you with a free consultation to learn more about your case. Give us a call today.