Workplace injuries happen far too often, and many victims sabotage their ability to recover the compensation they deserve by their actions or inactions after the injury occurs. When you have been injured while on the job, there are certain matters and activities you should not undertake. Our Tuscaloosa injury attorney explains.
It is imperative that you report your injury as soon as possible to your supervisor. You should make this report in writing, date it, and keep a copy for yourself. There are rules and regulations governing how long you have after an injury occurs to report it, and if you do not comply, you may not be eligible for any recovery benefits, including workers’ compensation. Most work accidents in Alabama must be reported within five days, but there are some allowances that extend that time period. A Tuscaloosa injury attorney can help you decipher the time limits in your particular case, but the earlier you report it, the better.
Your employer may offer you the ability to come back to work at the same job, or a different job. If you are able to perform the duties but turn down the offer of employment, you may be considered to have taken a voluntary loss of income thereby losing your right to any future benefits.
Seek medical care as soon as your injury occurs, and follow through with the recommendations for care given to you by your doctor. This includes attending follow-up appointments. It is also important that you retain copies of all documents your physician gives to you. Failing to seek medical care, or failure to follow through with your doctor’s orders can negatively affect your ability to obtain any type of benefit.
Do not assume your employer is on your side and will file your workers’ compensation claim on your behalf. This is a matter for you and your attorney to handle.
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is thinking that your employer and their insurance company are your friends and want to help you. In reality, they are consulting with their attorneys and doing their best to minimize the amount of losses they will suffer because of your injury. Do not give any statements to their representatives or attempt to negotiate with them on your own. They have their attorneys, now you need yours.
Suffering an injury on the job is confusing and scary, and knowing where to turn for help can be baffling. At Cross & Smith, LLC, our attorneys have over 25 years of experience. You may reach our firm by calling 877-791-0618 or via our contact page.
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Posted By: Shane Weaver