If you are injured at work, would you know what to do? Chances are you would be looked at by a medical professional, but many people don’t know that the employer may be held accountable for your injury. In addition, each state is required by law to provide their employees a safe and healthy work environment, and when they fail workplace accidents typically ensue.
What Are Your Rights If Injured on the Job?
If you are injured in a workplace accident, the first thing you must do is report it to your employer. It is also important to keep in mind that many states have a limited amount of time to report a workplace accident after it has occurred; most states only give the employee a few days after the accident at most.
The next step you need to take is to file a workers’ compensation claim in the court within your state. Doing so formerly notifies your employer, the court, and your employer’s insurance company of your workplace accident.
What Are Your Rights?
- Although workers’ compensation rights vary from state to state, the following general laws are typically common throughout the country:
- Right to file a claim of your injury or illness in the worker’s compensation court
- Right to see a physician for medical treatment of your injury
- Right to return to your job after a doctor has released you
- Right to disability compensation if you are unable to return to work due to your workplace accident or injury
- Right to appeal any workers’ compensation decision that has been made by an employer or his or her insurance company
- Right to be represented by a workplace accident attorney through the entire process
What Happens If You Are Injured by a Third Party?
Sometimes workplace accidents can occur by the negligence of a third. For example, if you are working for a contractor at a job site and a person from another company also on site strikes you with a piece of equipment that is a third party claim. However, many of these third party claims are not filed within the workers’ compensation entity, but rather through civil lawsuits in the state or federal court system.
Seeking the guidance and knowledge of a Kansas City workers’ compensation attorney can greatly help your chances of quickly negotiating a settlement in your favor. They will fight on your behalf and make sure you receive the fair financial compensation you deserve. The experienced workplace accident attorneys at The Klenofsky Law Firm have handled numerous job site accident cases and can help you. Please contact us today for a free consultation.