Working On Work Safety
There are few things as scary and frustrating as getting injured at work. Even if it hasn’t happened to you personally, chances are good that you have seen someone you work with sustain some type of on-the-job injury. Injuries at work can range from the absolutely minor to the extremely severe but no matter the extent, it is a serious issue that needs to be dealt with professionally and thoroughly. One of the most important parts of processing a work injury is timing – this is not something that you or your employer should ever drag your feet over.
Things can get complicated quickly and while not everyone is malicious, there are some employers who will try to shirk responsibility and liability at any cost. Specific to permanent injury, this needs to be handled with extreme care and caution, not only to aid your healing and recovery but also to expedite any employer’s financial assistance to which you may be entitled. Permanent injury is debilitating emotionally as well as financially. If you need to know how to get reprieve if you were permanently injured at work, have a look at a couple of our tips and advice to make the process go exponentially much smoother:
Inform your manager or supervisor, immediately:
There really is no way we can emphasize the important of doing this anymore than – YOU HAVE TO DO THIS! Obviously, for a serious injury, you may not personally be able to make a report of it or tell your manager or supervisor immediately – you may very well be incapacitated at the moment of the injury. However, as best as possible, have a co-worker inform the aforementioned party or parties, the minute an injury occurs.
Everything that is done immediately post injury contributes to the liability, if any, of the company and can negatively affect your healing. If you need to leave the premises to seek treatment, make sure that someone mature and trustworthy is with you by your side every step of the way, documenting how things were done, where you went, who escorted you and what the employers immediate response was, if any at all occurred. A personal injury report is the next step.
Full and thorough documentation:
We touched on this lightly already but it is so important that it needs its own space. To begin turning the wheels of workman’s compensation, it is important that you document every detail of your injury, the events that led up to it and anything that occurred subsequently. Your employer should be able to provide you with a workman’s compensation packet that allows you to document both textually and graphically your injury and any associated evidence and information. Some of the most vital information that you will need to keep track of include: location, date, time, what was injured, how the injury itself occurred, names of witnesses of the accident and a report if possible of what was done immediately following the incident itself. Without these combined bits of information and documentation, not only can a justifiable compensation be processed but you may also fall victim to and unscrupulous employer.