If you are one of the thousands of people who suffer a workplace injury in 2021, it is very important that you talk to your boss or HR representative to let them know what has happened. Keep reading to learn why this is so important. If you are worried about workers’ compensation or filing a lawsuit, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 562-222-0146 to request a free legal consultation with an experienced attorney.
A Minor Injury Could Be More Serious Than You Think
Just because it seems to be a minor sprain that you can work through does not mean that the injury is not serious. Sometimes a “minor” injury can be anything but. If you ignore it and keep working, you not only run the risk of making the injury much worse than it needed to be, but you are also reducing the chances that you will get any compensation you are due. Always tell your employer about even a seemingly slight injury you experienced at work.
A Workers’ Compensation Claim Requires That You Report the Injury Right Away
If you do end up needing to file a workers’ compensation claim, you will be asked to account for when the injury happened and when you report the injury. If there were days, weeks, or even hours between the time of the injury and the time you reported it, your employer could argue that you might have been injured by something else. They could argue that the injury must not be that serious, or you would have reported it right away.
You Need to Get Immediate Medical Care
An injury at work requires immediate medical care. Again, this is true even if you do not think that the injury is serious. For example, if you suffer a minor cut, put a band-aid on it, and go back to work, what happens when that injury becomes infected? A serious infection could result in you losing the entire finger or even developing blood poisoning.
You need to see a doctor right away so that they can assess your injury and take care of any necessary steps to treat the injury or prevent further injury.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney if You Have Been Injured at Work
If you are injured at work, the first step is to tell your boss or HR coordinator. Your next step is to get medical care. Your third step is to talk to a personal injury attorney if you believe that you have grounds for compensation. Remember that if you are going to file for workers’ compensation, help from an attorney could increase the chances of your claim being approved.
To talk to a personal injury attorney that is ready to help you, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 562-222-0146 and request a free legal consultation.