The Do's and Dont's after a Work Injury
Many injured workers are overwhelmed after an accident on the job. The process for claiming compensation can be complex and frustrating. Employers may give workers the runaround, hoping they will give up on seeking the compensation needed to recover.
If you have been injured on the job, there are some essential steps you can take to protect yourself and your workplace injury claim for compensation.
What to Do When You Are Injured at Work
Getting injured on the job can be physically, emotionally, and financially draining. Unfortunately, many injured employees don’t know what to do after a work accident to protect their legal rights. They may take the advice of their employer or fellow co-workers, when in reality, they need to speak with a knowledgeable workplace accident attorney.
Fortunately, there are ways to protect your rights and help build a strong case for maximum compensation through a personal injury claim:
- Do get medical attention. The most important thing you can do after an accident at work is to seek immediate medical treatment. Do not downplay your injuries for any reason, especially if they are causing you pain or discomfort. Follow the doctor’s orders and attend all follow-up appointments. Save all medical bills and receipts to give to your attorney.
- Do report the accident to your supervisor as soon as you are able. Give your employer the basic details of what happened, such as the time, date, and location of the accident, but do not discuss your injuries or how you are feeling. Keep a copy of this accident report for your attorney.
- Do write down your account of the accident. Memory fades quickly over time. To include as much detail as possible, you should write down everything that occurred leading up to, during, and after the accident as soon as you can.
- Do take pictures of the accident scene. Photos are incredibly valuable sources of evidence. In addition to the accident scene, take pictures of any injuries that you sustained.
- Do get the names and contact information for witnesses. Your attorney will follow up with these witnesses to take their statements.
- Do talk to a workplace injury attorney as soon as possible. In Texas, many employers choose not to carry workers’ compensation insurance, which means you can file a personal injury claim against them if you suffer a workplace injury. Our attorneys have extensive experience handling these types of claims, and we know how to fight for the full and fair compensation you deserve.
What Not to Do When You Are Injured at Work
Just as there are steps you can take to protect your rights after an on-the-job accident, there are also mistakes that could jeopardize your claim.
- Do not put off seeking medical treatment. It may be tempting to take a wait-and-see approach, but this could hurt your claim for compensation. Your employer may argue you were not seriously hurt or that your injury occurred outside of work if you wait to seek treatment.
- Do not sign a medical release. Your employer could use your medical history to claim that your injury was pre-existing.
- Do not give a recorded statement. Let your attorney handle all communication related to your case.
- Do not accept a settlement without talking to a workplace injury lawyer. In too many cases, injured workers are offered a minimal amount that barely covers their initial medical expenses. If you settle for this low amount, that means your case file will be closed, and you can no longer pursue further financial compensation ─ even if you incur significantly more expenses in the future related to your injury.
How a Lawyer Can Help If You’ve Suffered an On-the-Job Injury
Sustaining a severe work injury is often overwhelming for families ─ especially if that injury is disabling and requires months of expensive treatment and time off work. Workers and their families may struggle just to make ends meet.
An experienced workplace injury lawyer can take the pressure of a legal claim off you while you focus on your physical recovery. At Ketterman Rowland & Westlund, our dedicated attorneys will:
- Meet with you for free to discuss your case and explain your legal options
- Investigate your accident to gather all the necessary evidence to support your claim
- Ensure you are receiving the proper medical treatment and document the full extent of your injuries
- Work with experts in the field to accurately assess how your injuries will affect you in the future
- Aggressively negotiate for a full and fair settlement, and take your case to trial if a fair offer is not made
Our workplace injury lawyers handle all the details of your claim, and we keep you informed every step of the way. Contact us now to get started on your case.
Hurt on the Job? Contact a San Antonio Work Injury Lawyer
If you’ve been injured at work, you’re probably worried about what your next steps should be ─ especially if your injuries require you to miss work and receive expensive long-term treatment. You may be asking yourself questions like: How can I afford to pay my medical bills if I’m losing out on wages? How can I support my family if I can’t work? What if I can never go back to work?
At Ketterman Rowland & Westlund, we want you to know that you should not have to face these questions alone. Our team of dedicated attorneys is committed to fighting for you. We will do everything in our power to demand full and fair compensation, including payment for:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Lost income
- Reduced earning capacity for the future
- Pain and suffering
To speak with one of our experienced workplace injury lawyers now, you can either call us or fill out our online form. Together, we can discuss your rights and legal options in a free, no-obligation case evaluation. You pay nothing for us to begin work on your case, and we only get paid if we win for you.