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How to Handle a Workplace Injury

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San Jose workplace injury attorneyWhen you have been injured on the job, it is easy to get overwhelmed. You may not be getting very good direction from your employer, and your next steps may not be clear. While the specifics may differ slightly from case to case, there are some things you should definitely do following a work injury to ensure that your rights are fully protected.

Report the Accident

Depending on the severity of your injury and your work environment, you may be able to notify your manager or supervisor of the incident immediately. In other situations, you may need to seek medical attention first and then let your manager know what happened. Regardless, it is critical to file a full report of the circumstances of your injury as soon as reasonably possible. Failure to do so could result in the loss of available benefits and compensation.

Seek Medical Attention

Even if you do not think you are badly hurt, you should always agree to seek medical care following a workplace accident. This creates a formal record of your injuries and establishes that you are being proactive in making a full recovery. The diagnosis and prognosis for recovery given by the doctor will form the basis for your injury claim. If you have concerns about the first doctor you see—especially if you were directed to him or her by your employee—you have the right to seek a second opinion.

Follow the Doctor’s Orders

When you seek medical attention in the wake of a workplace injury, you will likely be given instructions regarding your recovery. For a serious cut or burn, for example, you may be instructed to change the bandages every so often and watch for infections. If you suffered broken bones, physical therapy or an at-home exercise regimen may be recommended. Compliance with your ordered treatment will not only help you heal faster, it will also increase your credibility if your claim is challenged.

Be Wary of Insurance Companies

Your employer may have several different insurance policies in place to help provide coverage in the event of a workplace coverage. You may have insurance of your own as well. Unfortunately, insurance companies are notorious for offering quick, lowball settlements that are often not sufficient for injured victims. Keep in mind that insurance companies exist to make money, and paying out large injury claims is not in their best financial interest. Do not accept a settlement of any kind or sign any document until you consult an attorney.

Work With a Professional

Once you have sought medical help, the next most important step is to contact an experienced workplace injury lawyer in San Jose. Our team will help you complete the necessary paperwork, file your claim in accordance with all applicable laws, and fight to protect your rights throughout the process. Call 408-289-1417 for a free consultation today.

 

Sources:

http://www.courts.ca.gov/9618.htm

https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/dosh_publications/iipp.html

 

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