If you are involved in an accident at work, what you do next could have a significant impact on your job, your family, and your finances. Take these steps after a work-related accident to protect yourself and your right to workers’ compensation.
1. Report the Accident Immediately
Your employer should have a protocol that is used in the event that an accident occurs on the job. Most employers require a formal accident report to be filled out and you should complete this form as soon as you are physically able. If your employer suggests that you don’t “need” to fill out the form, or that you will be compensated if you don’t fill out the form, discuss the issue with an attorney. When you do fill out the form, be sure to get a copy for your own records.
2. Obtain Medical Care & Get Copies of Your Records
Obtain the medical care you need for your injuries as soon as possible. If you delay getting medical help, you may hurt your case by making it look like your injuries were not serious. When you do get medical assistance, ask your doctor for copies of all test results and any other pertinent information. Keep your medical records and any proof of your expenses in a safe place that is easily accessible.
3. Reach Out to an Experienced Louisiana Work Accident Lawyer
After you’ve obtained the medical care you need and have formally reported the accident to your employer, it’s important that you contact a seasoned Louisiana work accident lawyer to discuss your legal options. You may be eligible for workers’ compensation for your injuries and lost wages. Unfortunately, many employers aren’t cooperative when it comes to filing for workers’ compensation. By working with an attorney, you can protect your right to compensation.
In some cases where gross negligence or carelessness was the cause of the accident, it may be prudent to also file a personal injury claim, separate from workers’ compensation. An attorney can review the facts of your case and determine whether pursuing additional compensation through a personal injury claim is the right move for you.
Contact the Wanko Law Firm, LLC Today
At the Wanko Law Firm, we understand how devastating and life changing a work accident can be. That’s why we’re dedicated to assisting the victims of work-related accidents, and their families, obtain the financial compensation they deserve. Accidents and medical care are costly, and we do everything possible to ensure that you get the maximum amount of benefits that are available to you.
To learn more about workers’ compensation or to discuss your work accident case, contact us today for a consultation by calling (985) 893-6530. We’re available now to assist you.