November 02, 2017
If you have been injured due a work accident, you may be entitled to compensation to pay for your injuries depending on your employer’s insurance coverage. Texas Employers are not required to provide workers compensation to their employees. Therefore, it’s important to find out what type of coverage your employer has, if any. If you have suffered a work-related injury, below are a few tips that can help secure your case.
In some cases, you could cause complications to your own injury claim if you don’t report it immediately. For this reason, you need to report your injury as soon as it happens, even if you believe you’re not severely injured. The incident needs to be documented to preserve the information for future use. In any injury case, reporting accidents and incidents at work can help your employer to incorporate new safety rules that can prevent your injury from happening in the future. Even you have not been injured at work, you should talk to your employer to learn about the procedure for reporting accidents at work. If you have been injured at work, you should do this immediately following the incident.
In order to prove your work injury case, you will need to provide documentation of the accident and your injury. Consider taking pictures of the area where the accident occurred. Be aware of company policy that may prohibit photo taking in the work place. Additionally, you will want to write down any relevant details about your workplace injury like the date, time, area, and more. You should also take note of any specific conditions that may have caused your injury like a slippery surface, tools or equipment involved or, the shape and weight of an object. After you receive medical care, you will also want to keep documentation of your medical records and treatment plans given to you by your doctor.
After the accident occurs, it’s important to see a doctor as soon as possible, even if it requires an emergency room visit. Should you think you’re not severely injured, you should still ask your employer if you should see a doctor and which one to go to. They should respond promptly but if they don’t, if you are having pain or health complications, do not hesitate to go to your own doctor or the hospital if necessary.
Speak with anybody who witnessed the accident. Write down their names and contact information. If you end up pursing a work injury claim and there is a dispute about how the incident occurred, these people will play an important role in your case because they could explain how the incident took place.
Consult an Attorney
If you find yourself asking, “should I speak with a lawyer in my work injury case?” the answer is probably yes. To determine whether you have a case against your employer for failing to provide a safe workplace, you should see an attorney that has previous experience with work injury cases. The consultation is free and, if you don’t win your case, you don’t pay attorney’s fees and expense.
Do Not Sign
Unfortunately, when it comes to workplace injuries, your company’s goal is to save money, not to provide injured workers with the medical treatment they need to get back to work, or the compensation they deserve. If your company or any of its representatives asks you to sign anything, do not do it. You should first read over the document completely and make sure you understand its meaning. If anything about it seems confusing, you should consult with an attorney who can quickly identify the true intent of the document.
As a victim of an accident, you have the right to recover financial compensation for your injuries and to be reimbursed for any medical expenses you incur. You also have the right for compensation to account for various losses that may occur, including lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress and future anticipated medical expenses, among other things.
Remember, if you suffered an injury at work, don’t get taken advantage of. You have rights and I can help you protect them. Call Hector Sandoval at Sandoval & Waldman, PLLC at 713-6898-4878.