It’s probably true that, should you be injured on the job, you will receive some sort of Workmen’s Comp. If you have ever had to exist on Workmen’s Comp, you already know that disability pay is a mere pittance of what your normal salary is. Disability doesn’t make ends meet, particularly when most people are struggling to make ends meet these days, with their full salaries. If you were injured on the job as a result of any kind of negligence on the part of your employer, there is absolutely no reason that you should have to completely and totally settle for the Workmen’s Comp pay and nothing more.
Hurt on the Job? First Things First
The first things you need to worry about if you are injured on the job is your safety. And, no it’s not too late for that. Just because you’re hurt doesn’t mean that you can’t be hurt further, so do everything you can to make sure that a bad situation doesn’t get any worse. The next thing you need to do is notify someone, before you pass out. This is not to say that you’re always going to pass out, but there is always that chance so make sure that you step away from whatever machinery you might be working on, rather than falling into it. That sort of goes along with removing yourself from a damaging situation, however. Ideally, you’re going to want to inform a supervisor, but informing the closest person may be your only option at the time, depending on how badly you’ve been injured. Depending on how serious your injury actually is you will also need to fill out in accident report, either immediately or soon. Most workplaces have very strict stipulations upon how long after your accident you actually have to fill out those forms. A 24 to 48 hour post injury time frame is usually the case.
What Happens after the Fact?
It is important to receive treatment for your injury, as soon as possible. Don’t be surprised if you are subjected to a urinalysis, because that is standard protocol after a job-related accident. Hopefully, you have nothing to worry about. If you do test positive for something that should not have been in your system while you were working, you’re going to have a real fight on your hands.
Regardless of whether or not you were at fault, your employer was at fault, or a combination of both of you… Don’t hesitate to at least check with a lawyer, to see what they advise. Particularly with lawyers that work on a contingency basis; they will let you know if they feel you have a real case and are likely to benefit from a lawsuit.