A number of individuals suffer from workplace injuries every day in the United States. This includes injuries caused by construction- or industrial-related accidents, oilfield accidents, gas explosions, food service hazards, and slip-and-fall accidents; back injuries are also common due to repeated heavy lifting. Even if you have not sustained a personal injury, it is important to educate yourself on and prepare for common problems that may arise when pursuing damages for an on-the-job injury.
Failure to Follow Reporting Guidelines
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the United States requires most employers to maintain an accurate record of all workplace injuries and illnesses for a period of no less than five years. It is crucial to notify your employer of your injuries immediately following a workplace injury, as OSHA requires Form 301 be completed and submitted within seven days of an incident. Failure to report your injury within this time frame not only goes outside of OSHA’s requirements but can also interfere with your ability to gain compensation for your injuries.
Insufficient Medical Documentation
You will want to seek medical care for any injury sustained in the workplace regardless of the severity. Even if you are only suffering from a minor strain or sprain, you will want to visit your primary care physician or urgent care clinic to obtain the necessary medical documentation to support your personal injury claim. Lack of this medical documentation may allow your employer to argue that your injuries were not the direct result of a work incident, enabling them to pay you less in damages than you rightly deserve.
One of the best ways to avoid these common problems when filing a claim for workplace injuries is to hire an accident lawyer. A lawyer will handle most of the filing process for you, investigate your work environment, interview witnesses, and communicate with your company’s benefits department on your behalf. Get the compensation you deserve following an on-the-job injury in Austin by contacting The Carlson Law Firm at (888) 335-7492. We also provide legal representation for victims of auto accidents and drunk driving accidents.
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