Around 40 years ago, annual occupational fatalities reached up to 14,000 U.S. workers. As of 2017, it has decreased dramatically down to 5,000 U.S. workers. This could mean that business establishments are becoming safer places for its workers by following the safety standards, providing them with the right tools and gear to aid their jobs. However, the annual count for workers who become injured on the job reaches up to 2.9 million.
Since no one can be ultimately safe from any accidents, here are the proper steps to take right after you’ve fallen victim of a work-related injury:
- Report to your supervisor about your injury
Right after obtaining the injury, you have to report it directly to your supervisor. You will only have 30 days from the incident itself before you completely lose your benefits for a workers compensation for injuries you have obtained. As for occupational diseases, you have up to 2 years to report after disablement.
- Determine whether you have worker’s compensation or not
Company executives are afraid of being sued for up to tens of thousands-worth of damages when a worker isn’t well-compensated. Opting to provide workers compensation will save them the hassle and money involved in fighting a legal battle and plus, a business without workers compensation can be punishable by a fine of $10,000 and can face up to 18 months of imprisonment. However, this only applies for large companies and there are exemptions for businesses of sole proprietorship with few employees.
- Notify your doctor that you obtained your injury while at work
Once you notify your health care provider on how you obtained the injury from your own workplace, he’ll know how important it is for you to obtain all the needed reports in order for you to get the workers compensation that you deserve. However, you cannot immediately process the legal proceedings when you haven’t reached the MMI (maximum medical improvement). Therefore, follow all the doctor’s orders, take all the right medicine, and take a lot of rest in order to speed up your recovery.
- Keep all of your medical reports and out-of-pocket expenses
Part of your benefits from a workers compensation is the coverage of your hospital bills and therapy costs for the injury you have obtained. Any out-of-pocket expenses are also reimbursed for your own benefit and ensure you are well-taken care of. You can guarantee that you will be paid for the first seven days of missed work.
- Go back to work
After reaching your maximum medical improvement, it is mandatory for you to go back to work immediately in order to contribute again to the company’s production. If there are any hearings for clarifications of the case, be sure to attend all of them until the case has been cleared.
Should you need any advice from a legal attorney, you can always consult one from Abels & Annes, P.C. – Chicago to make sure that you will be well-compensated for the injuries that you have obtained or for any personal injury cases.