If an employee ever experiences a workplace accident, there are several important steps that should be followed in order to protect his or her legal rights. Attorney Joe Lucé at Joe Knows Law is pleased to offer the following overview of what to do in the event a job-related personal injury accident ever occurs.
Seek Medical Treatment
Depending on the severity of a workplace injury, the first thing the injured party should do is to obtain any necessary medical treatment. Even if an injury does not seem to be especially urgent or severe, it is important to be checked by a qualified healthcare provider as soon as possible. Additionally, getting proper medical care is essential in obtaining documentation for any subsequent legal claim(s) related to the accident.
The Paper Trail
After any appropriate medical care is obtained, the next step is to complete an incident report. Most employers require some type of written report be completed upon the occurrence of any workplace accident or injury, no matter how minor. Such reports must typically be completed within 24 hours after a job-related injury or accident happens.
Depending on the specific facts and circumstances involved, the local police department or other outside agency(ies) must be notified. If, for instance, a delivery person is injured in a collision that occurs while he or she is driving a company vehicle, a police report must be taken for auto insurance purposes. Likewise, if an industrial worksite injury occurs as the result of hazardous materials exposure, the Occupational Safety and Hazards Administration (OSHA) must be notified.
Consult a McKinney Injury Attorney
After all medical treatment and accident reports have been taken care of, the next thing to do is contact a personal injury lawyer in McKinney. Contact a McKinney injury attorney as soon as possible following a worksite accident that has caused personal injury. The longer an injured party waits to seek legal advice, the less chance of receiving adequate recovery, if any. Additionally, the law imposes strict deadlines on how long workers have to initiate litigation to recover for pain and suffering.
Do not delay another second. The legal team at Joe Knows Law is experienced in getting clients compensation for work-related personal injury accidents. Call (972) 562-9700 to get started on the way to physical and fiscal recovery.