Workplace accidents affect millions of Americans every year. From warehouse accidents to repetitive stress injuries, an ordinary Ohioan can suffer harm at the workplace in many different scenarios. With this in mind, our workers comp attorneys wanted to outline the most important steps to take after a workplace injury occurs.
When an accident or injury occurs at your workplace, you must take certain steps to protect your health, your rights and the ability you have to file a workers compensation claim later on.
Your first priority should be to get medical attention for the injury. Even if it the injury does not appear to be serious, you should still get medical attention, especially if it is painful. A medical professional can diagnose and treat any injuries. Furthermore, a physician may even identify injuries you did not know about.
Next, you should notify your supervisor as soon as possible about the workplace accident. Although discussing it in person may be adequate, you should also make the notification in writing so that some physical record exists of your injury. If your company has its own accident reporting form, be sure to fill it out and file it with the appropriate persons, including your supervisor, human resources representative as well as your own attorney.
If any witnesses were present during the accident, try to get their names and contact information. You may need them to testify about the circumstances of the workplace accident or injury if the insurance provider or your employer attempts to deny you the appropriate workers compensation benefits.
If you intend to claim Ohio workers compensation benefits, it is essential that you file your claim as soon as possible. When applying for workers comp in Ohio, your claim application must include:
It may be several weeks before you find out whether your claim was accepted or denied. During this time, you should speak with a workers compensation attorney to discuss your options in the event of denied workers compensation claims or underpayment.
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