Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Have You Been Hurt on the Job? A Post-Injury Checklist

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Getting injured at a site of employment is a terrible thing to experience. Not only is the pain and embarrassment often difficult to bear, there are many legal decisions that you’ve got to make, at the precise moment you are least able to make them. If you have a job that is risky, it is important that you know how to behave just in case you ever are injured. If you know how to make the right calls in this crucial time, you can get the kind of financial restitution and other benefits that are due someone in your situation. 
  • Did You Document the Injury Personally? If you are injured on the job, it is the role of the employer to document the event. But you should document it as well. This is easier than ever before in the day of mobile phones. If you are hurt, take a picture or video of the injury and the worksite in which it occurred. Try to get a good representation of the scene, including witnesses. If, God forbid, you find out that your employer has misrepresented your injury at some future time, there will be a good document as to the true nature of your misfortune. 
  • Did You Get Legal Representation? It is important to act as your own advocate; we’ll touch on this over and over. But it’s also important to have someone who will advocate on your behalf. A solicitor who specializes in workplace injury should be one of your first calls. If you don’t know who to call, talk to a solicitor you know or who is recommended by a friend. He or she can recommend a colleague who can take your case if it is not their area of expertise. Talk to your solicitor daily to ensure that the process is advancing well. Aston Knight Solicitors can help. 
  • Did You Make a Formal Complaint to HR? Though they always should, not every HR department goes out of its way to act in the best interest of the worker. If you haven’t made a formal complaint with HR within minutes of injury (or if this was delayed because you had to get to a hospital quickly), see to it that this happens as soon as possible. Your HR team should direct you to all of your options and put your claim on the right track. 
  • Did You Work Out Immediate Benefits and Ongoing Pay? If you were injured on the job, it is your employer’s responsibility to help you make it through this difficult time. Discuss with your solicitor and HR what these benefits are. Corresponding with both of these parties ensures that you get everything that is due you. 

It can be really difficult to get through a workplace injury, but it’s imperative that you find a way. The days and weeks that follow a serious workplace injury are some of the most trying times in your life. Get through them by following through with this checklist. It could get you through this tough time in good shape. 

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