What to do after an accident at work: There are few things you should do to protect your legal rights to compensation. If a person is injured at work the person is probably entitled to compensation. By state Law, every employer is required to provide worker’s compensation insurance coverage for it’s employees. Employers are required to provide a reasonably safe work environment for their employees. When the employers don’t provide a healthy and safe work environment employees are injured as a result. Even when the employer had made an effort to keep the work place safe employees can still be injured on the job. Injuries might include broken bones, occupational illnesses or even psychological related injuries.
It is important to know the workers rights when they are injured on the job and how to protect them. First most important thing to do after you are injured at work is important to report the injury to the employer this is the best way to protect your legal rights. Report the injury within a certain period of time as required by most states. Which means that the injury should be reported immediately or within the same day that it happened. Next step would be is to file a claim with your state workers compensation court which provides a formal notice of your injury to your employer, court and your employer’s insurance company.
Common legal rights for injured workers: Compensation laws for workers vary from state to state and so are the legal procedures to ensure those rights. There are legal rights which are common to most states which include legal right to see a doctor and to pursue a medical treatment after injury at work. You have the right to file a claim for your injury in workers compensation court in your state. You have the right to appeal the decision if you disagree with the decisions of the employer’s insurance company, the compensation court or the employer and have a right to be represented by a lawyer through this process.
You have right to return to your work if your physician releases you to start work. You have the right to say no if your employer encourages you to use your own medical insurance to pay for the medical treatments. You have a right to say o if your employer convinces you to not to file a worker’s compensation claim. You can file the claim without the fear of harassment from your employer. If the employer makes it difficult to file a claim then the penalties imposed on the employer will be severe.
Sometimes the third party might be responsible due to their negligence for the on-the-job injury, in that case, you might have the right to bring a claim against that person which is called third party claims and the are filed in the federal courts as civil law suites. For work related injuries, the civil law suites can also seek personal injury damages which are not recovered in a worker’s compensation claim. In third party claims, you are allowed to seek compensation for pain and suffering.